Puna fatality 05-11-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher Gali
Phone: 961-2332
May 11, 2009
Report No. C09013786

Media Release

A 27-year-old Keaau man died Saturday (May 9) from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on Route 137 (Kapoho/Kalapana Road), .1 mile south of Pohiki Road.

Responding to a 4:32 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle and was traveling south on Route 137, when he lost control and ran off the right side of the road.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were factors in this crash. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

The victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:00 p.m.

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

Police are asking that the anonymous male caller who called “911” or anyone else with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Clarence Davies at 961-8118.

This is the 6th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to eleven at the same time last year.

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