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North Kona Information Update # 3 for May 22nd, 2019

Victim in a Fatal 3 Vehicle Collision was a Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) Fire Captain

(Photo Credits to Hawaii Tribune-Herald/West Hawaii Today and Ke Ola Magazine)

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) has confirmed that the victim David Mahon, who was involve in the Fatal 3 vehicle collision on Highway 190 (or Top Road) was a Fire Captain with HFD with 18-years of service. Mahon, who was recently promoted to the rank of Fire Captain and assigned to a fire station in East Hawaii, was on his way to work at the time of the collision.

HFD Fire Chief Darren Rosario says it's a huge loss for not only the fire department, but also to the Hawaii Island Community. Rosario added he would like to thank the community for numerous phone calls of support and empathy for the sudden lost.

Rosario along with current HFD members ask for the community to keep Mahon's family in your thoughts and prayers and also remind all Hawaii Island motorist to drive with caution and Aloha. HFD officials were not able to say if any plans are in the works to honor Mahon as arrangements are still being planned.

The Team at Hawaii Island Radio Scanner Community (HIRSC) would like to send their thoughts and prayers and deepest condolences to the Mahon Family during this difficult time.

Details from the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) on the incident:

A 49-year-old Kailua-Kona man was killed following a three- vehicle collision on Wednesday, (May 22), on Highway 190, .2 miles south of the 14-mile marker. 

The 49-year-old male motorcycle rider has been identified as David Alan Mahon.

Responding to a 6:35 a.m. call, police determined that a white 2006 Honda Pilot S.U.V. being operated by a 21-year-old Kamuela man was overtaking several southbound vehicles in a no passing zone when it collided with the northbound purple 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The 49-year-old male rider was transported to the Kona Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:37 p.m. The third vehicle, a white 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee being operated by a 49-year-old Kamuela man was not injured in the collision.

The 21-year-old male was subsequently arrested for Negligent Homicide and several other related offenses. He is currently being held at the Kona Cellblock.

Police do believe speed is factors in the collision. 

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at 326-4646 ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo. 

This is the 8th traffic fatality this year compared to 11 at this time last year.

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