Motorcyclist dead in Kona crash

A motorcyclist died in a head-on collision with a sport-utility vehicle early Saturday evening near the intersections of Highways 180 and 190 in Kailua-Kona.

According to a statement from the Hawaii Fire Department, the motorcyclist, a man, was trying to overtake a vehicle on a blind turn when the collision with a Toyota 4-Runner occurred at about 5:40 p.m.

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The motorcyclist, who hasn’t been identified, was dead at the scene. Four people in the 4-Runner were taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The statement listed “probably excessive speed” for the cause of the collision.

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The scene was turned over to the Hawaii Police Department for investigation. Traffic was re-routed to Hina Lani Street.

This is the sixth official traffic fatality of 2019, compared to eight at the same time last year.

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