12-17-18 Kailua-Kona crash victim identified (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 229
Report No. 18-025483




Media Release (Update)

A 40-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a two-vehicle collision Friday, (December 14), in Kailua-Kona at the intersection of Henry Street and Malulani Road, (Lowe’s).

The 40-year-old motorcyclist has been positively identified Gilbert Motta of Kailua-Kona.

Responding to a 6:09 p.m. call, police determined that a light green 2003 Subaru station wagon being operated by a 57-year-old Kailua-Kona woman was attempting to make a left turn onto Malulani Road from the left turn lane on Henry Street when she was broadsided by a black 2009 Yamaha motorcycle being operated by Motta who was traveling eastbound, (mauka), on Henry Street. Motta was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Justin Hooser at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

This is the 30th traffic fatality this year compared to 32 at this time last year.



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