In­jured bi­cy­clist re­vives street rac­ing wor­ries

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

HONOLULU (AP) — A mo­torist was ar­rested af­ter crit­i­cally in­jur­ing a bi­cy­clist, re­viv­ing res­i­dents’ con­cerns about street rac­ing in Honolulu.

The vic­tim of the Thurs­day evening crash was iden­ti­fied as Lec­tie Alt­man, a triath­lete and Honolulu real es­tate agent.

The sus­pect was a 20-year-old man who was ar­rested on one count of neg­li­gent in­jury but later re­leased pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Wit­nesses said they heard revving en­gines and screech­ing tires be­fore a car went off the road on one side, came across the other lane of traf­fic out of con­trol and hit Alt­man head on.

The im­pact was so hard that Alt­man flew about 40 feet, said bi­cy­clist Lawrence Fried­man, who was rid­ing be­hind Alt­man at the time of the in­ci­dent.

Tan­talus Drive, where the in­ci­dent took place, is well known for il­le­gal rac­ing and drift­ing.

Res­i­dents and bi­cy­cling ad­vo­cates said it’s a ma­jor pub­lic safety issue, and they’re hop­ing po­lice will step up pa­trols.

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