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South Kohala fatality 09-04-08 (posted 09-05-08)

Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit Section
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
September 4, 2008
Report No. C08026941

Media Release

A 26-year-old Kamuela man died Thursday (September 4) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Puako Beach Drive in South Kohala.

The victim was identified as Warren W. Hollister of a Kamuela address.

Responding to a 6:10 p.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that the motorcyclist was operating a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle and traveling south on Queen Kaahumanu Highway when a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup truck pulled out of Puako Beach Drive making a left turn onto the highway.

The operator of the truck, a 58-year-old Kamuela man, was not injured. 

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed is a factor in this case.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 233.

This is the 19th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 26 at this time last year.