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Police ID cyclist in fatal crash in North Kona

October 27, 2017 - 8:22am

Police have identified the 61-year-old Kailua-Kona man killed Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Keahole Airport Road as James Sakai.

Responding to a 3:52 p.m. call, police determined that a bicycle operated by Sakai had been traveling south on the highway when it collided with a 2008 Dodge pickup truck operated by a 41-year-old Kapaau man, which had been traveling west on Keahole Airport Road after the truck had completed his left turn from the highway, police said in a prepared statement.

Sakai suffered injuries from the collision and was subsequently transported to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at 5:04 p.m.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a Coroner's Inquest investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information relating to the incident to please call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646 ext. 229 or for those who want to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 28th traffic fatality this year compared with twenty five at this time last year.

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