Big Island ends year with 32 traffic fatalities

A crash July 19 on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) between The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Waikoloa Road killed 73-year-old bicyclist Roy Johnson of Texas. The roadway was closed several hours while officers investigated. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Impaired driving was a factor in at least 19 of the 32 traffic fatalities on Hawaii Island in 2018. And that total could rise since toxicology reports haven’t been completed on all fatal collisions, police said.