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Motorcycle-pickup collision kills 2 on South Kona highway

By Star-Advertiser staff


Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in a crash involving a motorcyclist and a pickup that killed both drivers Friday night in South Kona, Hawaii Island police said today.

Police identified the motorcyclist as Toby H. Ledward, 40, of Kona, and the pickup driver as Glennard A. Sadumiano, 33, of Kealakekua.

Police said Sadumiano was heading south on Route 11 in a 2005 Chevrolet pickup and making a left turn onto Kalamalani Place at 9:13 p.m. when Ledward came from behind on a 1994 Honda motorcycle, crossed the centerline, and collided with Sadumiano's pickup.

Firefighters said Ledward was found with no signs of life in the middle of the highway and Sadumiano was trapped in his truck about 50 feet off the highway.

Police said firefighters took Sadumiano to Kona Community Hospital where he died at 9:38 p.m. Ledward was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:40 p.m.

Police believe Ledward was speeding and that alcohol may have been involved.

Autopsies have been requested.

Police said Ledward was not wearing a helmet and Sadumiano was not wearing a seat belt.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call officer Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 229.

The crash pushed Hawaii Island's traffic fatalities to 18 this year compared to 12 at this time last year.

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Anonymous wrote:
Man, that must have been a horrific crash if the driver of the pickup also got killed. Remember that crash a few years back under the airport viaduct where the motorcyclist hit the Nissan on the PASSENGER side and still managed to kill both himself and the Nissan driver? They initially couldn't even tell what SEX the motorcyclist was. How would you have liked to clean up that mess?
on July 14,2012 | 01:06PM
inverse wrote:
In the Nimitz highway under the airport viaduct incident, the motorcyclist was going so fast and carrying so much kinetic energy that the collision caused the motorcyclist and his motorcycle to literally flip the Nissan car upside down onto its car roof. The body of the motorcyclist would have pretty much disintegrated on impact.
on July 14,2012 | 02:40PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
What is Kinetic Energy?
on July 14,2012 | 07:15PM
inverse wrote:
The stuff that kills people when people go recklessly fast on Hawaii's roads.
on July 15,2012 | 05:43AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
on July 14,2012 | 05:40PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No. Just people that brave the roads, and drink and drive, and even motorcyclists drink and drive so, what can we do? If one was drunk and driving, then it is not good. Two drinking and driving makes for a deadly event. Was the driver the only one in the truck? I guess so, because the story does not say otherwise. Also, if I was in that situation, I might have seen the motorcyclist really moving fast and I am thinking hey I better get out of the intersection, because the motorcyle (sometimes when a car has one headlight not working, then even a car may look like a motorcycle at night) is bearing down on me. I mean at least get out of T-bone alley.
on July 14,2012 | 07:21PM
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