Injured bicyclist revives street racing worries
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.