KAILUA-KONA — Police are asking anybody who might have witnessed Friday’s collision at the intersection of Henry Street and Malulani Road in Kailua-Kona to contact them following the death of a 40-year-old Kailua-Kona man.
The Hawaii Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Police said the motorcycle rider who died following the collision has not been positively identified.The incident marks the 30th traffic fatality of the year, according to the department, compared to 32 at this time last year.
According to police, a light green 2003 Subaru station wagon operated by a 57-year-old Kailua-Kona woman was attempting to make a left turn onto Malulani Road from the left turn lane on Henry Street when the collision occured with a black 2009 Yamaha motorcycle traveling mauka on Henry Street.
The motorcycle rider was taken to Kona Community Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m.
The Subaru operator was not injured in the collision, police said, and later released pending further investigation.
Police said they believe speed and alcohol are possible factors in the collision and said the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet.
Anyone who might have witnessed the collision can call Officer Justin Hooser at 326-4646 ext. 229.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.