KONA, Hawaii: A disturbing string of deaths on Hawaii Island roadways continued into a 4th day, as a Waikoloa man became the fifth person to be killed since Thursday.
A 41-year-old Waikoloa man died Sunday (July 15) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash Friday (July 13) on Route 190 in the area of the 17-mile marker in North Kona.
The man was identified as Randall C. Guadiz, of a Waikoloa address.
Responding to a 10:38 p.m. call Friday, Kona patrol officers determined that the Waikoloa man was operating a 1998 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Route 190 when he overtook a vehicle in a no-passing zone and sideswiped a 2012 Toyota four-door sedan traveling south and being operated by a 45-year-old California woman.
The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Fire Rescue personnel took him to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital. He was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where he died Sunday evening (July 15) at 6:19 p.m.
The driver of the Toyota was not injured.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was 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.
This is the 19th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.
SOURCE: Hawaii County Police