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Police search for witness in deadly Kailua-Kona crash

Hawaii island police are investigating a deadly crash that occurred over the weekend in Kailua-Kona.

Police said a white 2013 BMW HP4 motorcycle operated by a 60-year-old Kailua-Kona man was traveling north on Palani Road (Highway 190) at about 5:40 p.m. Saturday when he crossed the double-solid yellow line near a turn on the road and struck a white 2019 Toyota Sequoia head-on.

The collision occurred in proximity to the intersection of Highway 180.

According to the Hawaii County Fire Department, the motorcyclist was attempting to overtake a vehicle on a blind turn when it struck the SUV.

Police said the Toyota Sequoia operated by a 25-year-old Kailua-Kona man was heading south on Palani Road at the time of the collision.

The motorcyclist was taken to the Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m.

Positive identification is pending.

The Toyota driver and his passengers, a 23-year-old woman and a 2-year-old toddler, were taken to the same hospital where they were treated and released for their injuries.

Police said speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

This is the sixth traffic-related fatality on Hawaii island compared to seven at the same time last year.

Police are looking for a possible witness who was operating a white Tesla sedan heading in the same direction as the motorcycle at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to call officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646. Tipsters may also call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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