Highway 130 Wreck Leads to Death of Motorcyclist

5/7/12 UPDATE:  The 51-year-old Puna who man died May 2 from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 130 and Leilani Avenue in Pāhoa has been identified as Rikko J. Von Gato of Pāhoa.

A 51-year-old Puna man died Wednesday (May 2) from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 130 and Leilani Avenue in Pāhoa.


Responding to a 9:54 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the man was operating a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling west on Leilani Avenue when he failed to stop at the stop sign, went through the intersection onto a private driveway and struck a gate.

The man was not wearing a helmet.

He was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:12 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Because this death occurred on a private road, it is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.

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