Kona fatality 07-16-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
Report No. C12018533


Media Release

Two Kona men were killed Friday (July 13) from injuries they sustained in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 11) and Kalamalani Place in Captain Cook, South Kona.

Responding to a 9:13 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a 40-year-old Kailua-Kona man was operating a 1994 Honda motorcycle and traveling south on Route 11 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck being operated by a 33-year-old Kealakekua man. The Chevrolet was also traveling south and making a left turn onto Kalamalani Place.

A third vehicle, a 1991 Toyota pickup truck that was parked on private property, also received minor damage.

The motorcycle operator was identified as Toby H. Ledward of a Kailua-Kona address.

The driver of the truck was identified as Glennard A. Sadumiano, of a Kealakekua address.

The motorcycle operator was not wearing a helmet and the driver of the truck was not wearing a seat belt.

Fire Rescue personnel took the driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck to Kona Community Hospital, where he died at 9:38 p.m.

Ledward was later transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:40 p.m.

Police believe that the motorcycle operator was speeding and also believe that alcohol was involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated negligent homicide and coroner’s inquest cases and have ordered autopsies to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 229.

These are the 17th and 18th traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.

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