A 32-year-old Utah woman died Monday (October 8) from a motorcycle crash in the area of Akoni Pule Highway at the 28-mile marker.
A 35-year-old Utah man was operating a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling northwest on Akoni Pule Highway with his wife riding on the back, when he swerved to avoid a car that crossed the centerline into his lane. The motorcycle traveled about 150 feet down a gulch. Neither rider was wearing a helmet.
The victim, Jennie Wahlstrom of North Kaysville, Utah, was dead at the scene. She will be officially pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital. Her husband was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
This is the 31st traffic fatality this year compared with 16 at this time last year.
Police are looking for the operator of a gray sedan or anyone else who may have been in the area at the time and may have witnessed the crash. Witnesses are asked to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.