HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT UNIT
OFFICER CHRISTOPHER GALI
JUNE 16, 2000
A 56-year-old Kealakekua, Kona, man was killed Thursday in a motorcycle accident on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) in Kealakekua.
The name of the victim is being withheld until notification of his next of kin.
Responding to a 6:30 p.m. call, officers determined that the victim was riding his 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle about a tenth of a mile north of the Konawaena High School intersection in a no passing zone when he attempted to pass two vehicles on the highway.
The motorcycle hit the rear end of a 1985 Ford pickup truck crossing the highway from a driveway on the mauka side of the road to another on the makai side, then crossed the centerline and sideswiped a 1998 Ford pickup truck traveling south on the highway and finally ending up on an embankment on the makai side of the road.
The victim was taken to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m.
Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident.
Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are continuing an investigation into the accident.
Thursday’s death was the 16th traffic fatality of the year on the Big Island, compared to 10 at the same time last year.
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