15-year-old dies in motorcycle crash

A 15-old Keaau girl died following a single motorcycle crash Thursday evening in Pahoa.

Responding to a 5:53 p.m., call, police determined that a 2013 Honda dual sports motorcycle was traveling northbound on Government Beach Road and ran off the roadway and struck a tree near Cinder Road.

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The girl who died was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries, and she was pronounced dead at 12:12 a.m. Friday.

The girl had been wearing a helmet and speed is believed to be a factor in this crash.

The motorcycle ridden in this crash had been reported stolen on Oct. 17 from Kailua-Kona.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Erhard Autrata at (808) 961-2339.

This is the seventh traffic fatality this year compared with 5 at this time last year.