Motorcyclist, 45, dies after South Kona crash
A 45-year-old Captain Cook man died Monday from injuries he received in a motor vehicle/motorcycle collision on Route 11 south of the 109-mile marker in Captain Cook, South Kona, according to Big Island police.
Responding to a 7:35 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the motorcyclist was operating a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling south on Route 11 when he rear-ended a 2005 Toyota pickup truck stopped in traffic to make a left turn onto Seiganji Mission Road.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 35-year-old woman from Captain Cook, and her four-year-old son were not injured.
Fire Department rescue personnel took the motorcyclist to Kona Community Hospital, where he died at 7:56 p.m.
The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet.
Police believe that speed and alcohol were factors in this crash.
The name of the motorcyclist is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.
This is the seventh traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with none at this time last year. The fatality count was reduced by one because one person in a previous crash died from a medical condition.
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