45-Year-Old Man Dies in Motor Vehicle/Motorcycle Collision in South Kona

A 45-year-old Captain Cook man died Monday (January 28) from injuries he received in a motor vehicle/motorcycle collision on Route 11 south of the 109-mile marker in Captain Cook, South Kona.

HPDBadgeResponding to a 7:35 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the motorcyclist was operating a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling south on Route 11 when he rear-ended a 2005 Toyota pickup truck stopped in traffic to make a left turn onto Seiganji Mission Road.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 35-year-old woman from Captain Cook, and her four-year-old son were not injured.

Fire Department rescue personnel took the motorcyclist to Kona Community Hospital, where he died at 7:56 p.m.

The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were factors in this crash.

The name of the motorcyclist is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 7th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with none at this time last year.

(The fatality count was reduced by one because one person in a previous crash died from a medical condition.)

 

Utah Women Dies After Motorcycle Swerves to Avoid Car

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.