Man killed in Kona traffic collision

A 51-year-old Waikoloa man died after a collision of two pickup trucks Friday night in Kailua-Kona.

He has been identified as Raymond Mata Jr.


Officers responding to a 9:55 p.m. call determined a brown 2015 Toyota pickup driven by a 38-year-old Keauhou woman was heading south on Alii Drive when it was rear-ended by a tan 1999 Toyota pickup truck being driven by Mata, who was also traveling south.

Mata’s truck then hit a utility pole and a stone wall. Mata, who was unresponsive at the scene, was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:21 a.m. Saturday.

Police believe that inattention and speed were factors in this collision, but it is not immediately known if alcohol was a factor.

An autopsy has been ordered.


Witnesses are asked to contact Officer Justin Hooser at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

Mata’s death is the 24th official traffic fatality this year compared to 26 at this time last year.

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