Woman dies after crashing mo-ped in Puna

A 49-year-old woman died Sunday evening after crashing the mo-ped she was riding into a tree on Government Beach Road in Puna.

Hawaii Police Department officers responded to a 5:08 p.m. report of a single-vehicle crash on Government Beach Road, just north of Papaya Farms Road, to find a 2016 Kymco moped had struck a tree and ended up in 4-foot ditch. The woman driving the mo-ped had apparently veered off the left shoulder of the roadway.

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Police Tuesday afternoon identified the victim as Fawn K. Jost, of Pahoa. She suffered severe trauma to her head as a result of the crash and was unresponsive at the scene. She was later transported to Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m.

An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday, but police are awaiting toxicology results before making a final determination.

Police investigating the traffic collision have determined Jost was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Police have not determined if speed, alcohol and/or drugs are factors in this investigation at this time.

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This is the 12th fatal traffic crash of 2021 compared to 10 fatal traffic collisions during this same time period last year.

The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information should contact Officer Blayne Matsui at (808) 961-2339 or via email at Blayne.Matsui@HawaiiCounty.gov.

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