31-year-old North Kohala man dies in motorcycle vs collision on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (Highway 19) in Kiholo early Monday morning (February 10th).
(Out of Kiholo, North Kona)
Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 229 Report No. 20-011780
A 31-year-old North Kohala man died following a two-vehicle collision on Monday (February 10) on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, .1 mile north of the 79-mile marker.
The man has not been positively identified.
Responding to a 12:26 a.m. call, police determined that a red 2018 Honda CBR motorcycle heading north (Kamuela bound) had passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed in the opposite shoulder of the roadway. The motorcycle was in a passing zone and sideswiped a southbound gray 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The motorcycle was driving with the headlight off. The pickup was being operated by a 49-year-old Kailua-Kona man. The 31-year-old male rider was transported to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at 5:10 a.m.
The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, along with his two female passengers were not injured in the collision.
Police believe that speed is a factor in the crash.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Kelsey Kobayashi at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.
This is the 4th traffic fatality this year compared to 2 at this time last year.