Bicyclist killed in Kona traffic crash

A 73-year-old Texas man died following a vehicle-bicycle crash this morning on Queen Kaahumanu Highway Route 19 near the 85-mile marker in Kona.

He’s has been identified as Roy Johnson.

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Officers responding to a 7:03 a.m. call determined that Johnson was riding a bicycle north on the shoulder when he attempted a U-turn and rode his bicycle directly in front of a silver 2018 Nissan Versa sedan driven by a 30-year-old Czech Republic man was traveling northbound, who collided with Johnson.

Johnson died at the scene. The sedan’s driver was uninjured.

A coroner’s inquest has been opened and an autopsy has been ordered.

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Johnson’s death is the 20th official traffic fatality this year, the same number as this time last year.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646 ext. 229, or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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