Waimea man dies in motorcycle crash

A 23-year-old man died after a motorcycle crash early this morning 0.1 miles makai of the 66-mile marker on Kawaihae Road.

The victim has been positively identified as Reynald Mateo Navarro of Waimea.

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Officers responding to a 12:21 a.m. call determined that Navarro, riding an eastbound black 2020 Yamaha R6 motorcycle, drove off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a rock embankment. He was taken to the North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:04 a.m.

Navarro was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Navarro’s death is the 15th official traffic fatality this year compared to 23 at this time last year.

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