Kona fatal update 12-17-06

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT UNIT
SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER D. GALI
PHONE: 961-2332
DECEMBER 17, 2006
REPORT NO. C06039417

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police have identified a 53-year-old Captain Cook man who died Saturday (December 16, 2006) at the Queens Medical Center from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash two days earlier.

The victim was identified as Craig R. Degen of Captain Cook.

Responding to a 2:46 a.m. call on Thursday, December 14, Kona patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle and traveling south on Highway 11 .1 mile north of the 114-mile marker when he ran off the road and struck a stone wall.

The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Kona Community Hospital by fire rescue personnel and later flown to Queens in critical condition. He died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday.

Police consider speed and alcohol to be factors in the crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 33rd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared with 34 at this time last year.

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