Three Dead in Crashes Involving Motorcycles in West Hawaii
Big Island police have identified three people who were involved in two separate fatal crashes Friday night in West Hawaii, both of which involved motorcycles.
The traffic fatalities were the fifth in three days on West Hawaii roadways.
A Waikoloa man was riding a 1998 Honda motorcycle northbound on Route 190 at about 10:30 p.m. when he overtook a vehicle in a no-passing zone and sideswiped an oncoming 2012 Toyota four-door sedan.
Police said the motorcycle’s rider, Randall C. Guadiz, 41, was initially taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was later transferred to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu where he died at 6:19 p.m. Sunday from injuries sustained in the crash.
Guadiz was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred. Police said speed appeared to be a factor in the case but it was not immediately known whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
The driver of the Toyota, a 45-year-old California woman, was not injured.
Earlier that day, two men sustained fatal injuries in a crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck on Hawaii Belt Road in Captain Cook.
Police said 40-year-old Toby H. Ledward was operating a 1994 Honda motorcycle southbound when he crossed the centerline and struck a 2005 Chevrolet pickup. The truck was also traveling south and making a left turn onto Kalamalani Place.
A Fire Department spokesman said arriving paramedics found Ledward lying in the middle of the roadway with no signs of life.
The driver of the truck, Glennard A. Sadumiano, 33, of Kealakekua, was taken to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m.
Police believe Ledward was speeding and that alcohol was involved.
At the time of the crash, Ledward was not wearing a helmet and Sadumiano was not wearing a seat belt, police said.
Police have initiated negligent homicide investigations for both crashes and have ordered autopsies in each.
The deaths brought the number of fatalities on Big Island roadways in 2012 to 19, compared to 12 at this time last year.