Police ID motorcyclist killed in North Kona crash

KAILUA-KONA — A 69-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Tuesday following a single motorcycle crash on Mamalahoa Highway in North Kona.

The Hawaii Police Department identified the man as Henry Peters.


Responding to a 10:56 a.m. call, police determined that Peters was operating a southbound 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway near mile marker 28. Police say this caused Peters to runoff the makai side of the roadway and collide with a guardrail at which point he was ejected from the motorcycle.

Peters, who wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was taken to Kona Community Hospital in stable condition, police said.

However, he died several hours later at 3:47 p.m.

Police said they believe inattention was a factor in this crash, but it’s not immediately known if alcohol was a factor. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.


This is the ninth traffic fatality on Big Island public roads this year compared with nine at this time last year.

Police initially identified the decedent as a 71-year-old man, however, corrected his age with the positive identification released Wednesday morning.

  1. Buds4All May 3, 2018 5:30 am

    This is the ninth traffic fatality on Big Island public roads this year compared with nine at this time last year. – And………..?????????????

    1. Du Mhan Yhu May 3, 2018 2:49 pm

      Well, it was a Harley, so speed was not a factor.

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