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Motorcyclist killed in Volcano crash identified

  • DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO STAR-ADVERTISER
    Bento’s 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike was heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a south-bound 2005 Dodge Caravan making a left turn to Nahelelani Street about 8:30 p.m., Hawaii County police said in a news release.
  • DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Bento’s 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike was heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a south-bound 2005 Dodge Caravan making a left turn to Nahelelani Street about 8:30 p.m., Hawaii County police said in a news release.
  • DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Bento’s 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike was heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a south-bound 2005 Dodge Caravan making a left turn to Nahelelani Street about 8:30 p.m., Hawaii County police said in a news release.
  • DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Bento’s 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike was heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a south-bound 2005 Dodge Caravan making a left turn to Nahelelani Street about 8:30 p.m., Hawaii County police said in a news release.
  • DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Bento’s 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike was heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a south-bound 2005 Dodge Caravan making a left turn to Nahelelani Street about 8:30 p.m., Hawaii County police said in a news release.
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A 23-year-old man died when his motorcycle struck a minivan in the Volcano area of Puna Tuesday night.

Police identified the victim as Ronson Bento, of Volcano.

Bento’s 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike was heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a south-bound 2005 Dodge Caravan making a left turn to Nahelelani Street about 8:30 p.m., Hawaii County police said in a news release.

The driver of the van, a 48-year-old Volcano woman, was not injured.

Bento, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike, police said. Paramedics took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.

The dirt bike had no license plate and was not equipped to be lawfully operated on a public highway, police said.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash or operation of the dirt bike before the collision to call Officer William Brown at (808) 965-2716.

This is the 12th traffic fatality in Hawaii County this year compared to seven at this time last year.

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