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.
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.
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.