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Motorcyclist dies in Hawaii island crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:45 a.m. HST, Jan 29, 2013

A 45-year-old Captain Cook man died Monday after the motorcycle he was driving rear-ended a truck on a Hawaii County Highway in South Kona.

Hawaii County police believe that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash that occurred at 7:35 p.m. Monday on Route 11 south of the 109-mile marker in Captain Cook. A negligent homicide investigation was initiated and police ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

The name of the motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, is being withheld pending identification and notification of the next of kin. 

Kona patrol officers said the motorcyclist was driving 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. 

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Larry Flowers at (808) 326-4646, extension 229. 

This is the 7th traffic fatality this year compared with none at this time last year for Hawaii island.

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inverse wrote:
Question: Did the driver who was making a left turn used her turn signal?. What about the 17 year old moped rider who was killed on Kalihi St a few days ago on Oahu when a driver who made a left turn in front of him, did that driver use his turn signal as well? My point is even if these drivers did NOT use their turn signals, the moped rider and motorcyclist who both died have to bear some responsibility. However if Hawaii drivers ALL used their turn signals which is REQUIRED by law, this could actually save lives on Hawaii's roads and REDUCE accidents. Most likely if both the moped and motorcyclist where driving defensively and assume every driver is crazy and never use their turn signals, they might still be alive today. In car vs car accidents where one driver tried to make a turn that the other driver was not aware of, usually no deaths are involved. HOWEVER when it is car vs motorcycle/moped and one does not know the other is turning until it is too late, it usually results in severe injury or death of the rider. How about police enforce the current state LAW already on the books and TICKET car and truck drivers, mopeds, motorcyclists (everyone) who do not use their turn signals when they are making a turn. My feeling and I think most would agree, in high probability turn signals were NOT used in these traffic related deaths, which might have given the moped and motorcycle riders just enough of a clue to take evasive action or slow down that might have reduced the severity or avoided the accident altogether that would not have resulted in the death of these 2 riders.
on January 29,2013 | 12:24PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Time to ban motorcycles. They just add more bills to the healthcare system.
on June 22,2013 | 05:38AM
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