Motorcyclist killed in early morning crash

Police say a 31-year-old North Kohala man died after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck early this morning on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, .1 mile north of the 79-mile marker in North Kona.

He has been identified as Ira Michael De Mattos.

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Officers responding to a 12:26 a.m. call determined that a northbound red 2018 Honda CBR motorcycle had passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed on the opposite shoulder of the roadway. The motorcyclist, who was riding without headlights, was in a passing zone and sideswiped a southbound gray 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, police said.

The motorcyclist was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:10 a.m.

The driver of the pickup, a 49-year-old Kailua-Kona man, and two female passengers weren’t injured.

Police believe that speed is a factor in the collision and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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This is the fourth official traffic fatality of 2020 compared to two at this time last year.

Potential witnesses are asked to call the Kona Traffic Enforcement Unit at 326-4646 ext. 229, or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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