Kona Moped Passenger Dies of Injuries
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.
HPD says the incident continues to be investigated but has been reclassified as a negligent homicide.