Driver, passenger of pick-up truck walk away from scene, later arrested
May 24, 2010 – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
UPDATE – After conferring with prosecutors, police report that they have released the driver and passenger involved in the fatal motor vehicle/motorcycle crash that occurred on Sunday (May 23) in North Kona.
Big Island police say a 62-year-old Kealakekua man died Sunday (May 23) after colliding with a pick-up truck at the intersection of Route 190 and Mahilani Drive in Kona.
Police responded to a 6:45 p.m. call after a 31-year-old Kailua-Kona man driving a 2006 Toyota pick-up truck north on Route 190 crashed into the motorcycle, when he started to make a left turn onto Mahilani Drive. Police say the motorcycle operator, also traveling north, started to overtake the Toyota pick-up truck in a no-passing zone when they collided. He was not wearing a helmet.
Fire rescue personnel took the motorcycle operator to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m.
Police say the Toyota pick-up driver and his passenger abandoned the vehicle on Mahilani Drive and walked away from the scene. They were located at a home in the Kona Palisades subdivision, and arrested.
The driver was arrested for negligent homicide, accident involving death or serious bodily injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and consuming/possessing intoxicating liquor while operating a motor vehicle.
The passenger in the vehicle, a 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man was arrested for accident involving death or serious bodily injury and consuming/possessing intoxicating liquor while a passenger in a motor vehicle.
Police report that both men are being held pending further investigation.
The name of the motorcycle operator is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.