Puna fatality 10-23-11

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone:  961-2332
Report No. C11027762

Media Release

A 53-year-old Hilo woman died Sunday (October 23) from injuries she sustained in a motorcycle crash on Kapoho-Pāhoa Road .2 miles south of the 2-mile marker,

Responding to a 2:55 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1999 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kapoho-Pāhoa Road, when she ran off the right side of the road, lost control and struck a guardrail.

She was not wearing a helmet.

Fire Rescue personnel took her to Hilo Medical Center, where she died at 6:48 p.m.

Police believe that speed may have been a factor in this crash. They do not suspect any alcohol or drug use.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

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 18th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 23 at this time last year.


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