Motorcyclist, 45, dies in South Kona crash
A 45-year-old Captain Cook man died Monday from injuries he received in a motor vehicle/motorcycle collision on Highway 11 south of the 109-mile marker in Captain Cook, South Kona, police said.
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 4-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.
Police did not provide names of anyone involved in the crash.
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.
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