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Kona Moped Passenger Dies of Injuries

May 27, 2015, 2:49 PM HST
* Updated May 27, 2:54 PM
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The Hawai’i Police Department says the woman involved in Tuesday morning’s moped crash has died from her injuries.

Police have identified the woman as 29-year-old Mokihana Choy of Kailua-Kona. She was pronounced dead at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu at 12:24 p.m. Wednesday.

According to HPD, officers responded to the scene of a traffic accident at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Upon arriving, police learned that a moped that was merging onto the south-bound lane of Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from Hualalai Road had attempted to merge between a dump truck and a trailer that it was pulling. The trailer ran over the moped. Authorities say Choy was the passenger on the moped, and that neither she, nor the operator, were wearing a helmet.

The 21-year-old man who was operating the vehicle remains at Kona Community Hospital in stable condition.

No injuries were sustained by the operator of the dump truck.

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HPD says the incident continues to be investigated but has been reclassified as a negligent homicide.

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