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Honomu Information Update for January 31st, 2021

Motorcyclist fatally injured in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) in Honomu Sunday afternoon (January 31st).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Acting Sergeant Jared Cabatu Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-008532 An unidentified 67-year-old man died following a crash on Sunday afternoon, January 31, 2021, on Highway 19 at the intersection of Honomu Road.

Police responding to the 1:35 p.m. traffic collision determined that a 2018 Toyota Corolla four-door sedan traveling north on Highway 19 failed to yield to oncoming traffic and attempted a left turn on to Honomu Road, striking a 1973 BMW motorcycle that was traveling south on Highway 19.

Following the collision, the 2018 Toyota Corolla spun out striking a 2006 Honda Pilot, which was stopped at the Honomu Road intersection, waiting to turn right onto Highway 19.

The motorcycle operator has not been identified at this time. The man was unresponsive at the scene and transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead at 4:24 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The driver of the Honda Pilot, a 39-year-old man from Kona, and his three passengers, a 35-year-old woman, a 13-year-old boy, and an 11-year-old girl, all from Kona, were not injured in the crash.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 59-year-old man from Honomu, was transported to Hilo Medical Center for minor abrasions and later released. He was arrested for negligent homicide in the second degree and was released pending further investigation.

Police investigating the traffic collision has determined that inattention to driving and failure to yield are major contributors to the crash. Alcohol and/ or drugs are not considered factors at this time.

This is the third fatal traffic collision compared to three fatal traffic collisions during this same time period last year.

The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting this investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has information to contact Officer Erhard Autrata at (808) 961-2329 or via email

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