Motorcyclist killed in Kona
A 45-year-old Captain Cook man died Monday from injuries he received when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Route 11 south of the 109-mile marker in Captain Cook.
Responding to a 7:35 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the motorcyclist was riding a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle 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.
Police have opened 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, ext. 229.
This is the 7th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to zero at this time last year. The fatality count has been reduced by one because one person in a previous crash died from a medical condition, police said.
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