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North Kona Information Update for May 23rd, 2019

A 21-year-old Kamuela Man remains in Police custody following a Fatal Collision on May 22nd, 2019

A 21-year-old Kamuela man who was arrested Wednesday morning (May 22nd) following a fatal 3 vehicle collision on Highway 190 in North Kona that claimed the life of a Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) Fire Captain Dave Mahon, remains in police custody at Kealakehe Police Station (Kona Cellblock).

According to Hawaii Police Department (HPD) logs/records, the 21-year-old Kamuela man, who has been identified as Christopher Raymond Helmlinger, who has not been officially charged but is facing possible charges of: suspicion of manslaughter, excessive speeding of more than 81 mph, reckless driving, and inattention to driving. The 21-year-old Kamuela man court date is still pending.

Helmlinger, who was operating a 2006 Honda Pilot S.U.V. at the time of the collision, was overtaking several southbound (Kona bound) vehicles in a no passing zone, when he collided with Mahon, who was operating 2016 purple Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling northbound (Waimea bound) on Highway 190. A third vehicle involved in the collision, a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by a 49-year-old Kamuela Man, who was not injured. Following the collision, HPD initiated Negligent Homicide investigation and are still continuing with their investigation.

More details on the victim:

Family, friends, HFD personnel (current and retired), along with community members continued to remember the life of the 18-year veteran, who was recently promoted rank of Fire Captain and was assigned to the Central Fire Station in East Hawaii, was on his way to work in East Hawaii at the time of the collision. Mahon, who was a Fire Rescue Specialist and Fire Equipment Operator at the Kailua Fire Station for many years, has been recognized during his career for extraordinary work and heroic efforts on the many rescues and calls he responded to over the years, saving thousands of lives over his 18-years with HFD. Mahon was also credited for helping to improve HFD's rescue diving protocols, who himself was an avid diver.

HFD Fire Chief Darren Rosario says it's a huge loss for not only the fire department, but also to the Hawaii Island Community. Mahon was not only a firefighter, but also a father, son, and significant other. Mahon's loss is impacting the members of HFD hard and will be sorely missed. Rosario again says he would like to thank many the community members for their outpouring support to HFD during this difficult time.

Rosario along with personnel of HFD continue to ask 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. Also remind everyone to follow the laws and rules of the road.

Services for Mahon are still pending and HFD was not able to say what is in the works to honor Mahon.

The Team at Hawaii Island Radio Scanner Community (HIRSC) would like to send their thoughts, 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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