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Kona Man Dies in Single-Motorcycle Weekend Accident

April 18, 2016, 8:28 AM HST
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badgeA traffic accident Sunday morning at the 22-mile marker in the North Kona area of Highway 190 led to the death of a 22-year-old Kona man.

The Hawai’i Police Department released details on the single-motorcycle crash Monday morning, identifying the man as Jonathan Salinas of Kailua-Kona.

Officers responded to a 9:43 a.m. call, where they determined that Salinas was operating a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle traveling south on Highway 190 when he did not negotiate a turn in the road.

HPD says that Salinas ran off the east shoulder of the roadway and into a rock embankment. He was ejected from the motorcycle.

Salinas was taken to Kona Community Hospital with head injuries and later pronounced dead.

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Authorities believe that speed and inattention were factors in the crash.

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An autopsy will be conducted to determine Salinas’ exact cause of death.

A coroner’s inquest has been opened and the Traffic Enforcement Unit is seeking anyone who may have witnessed the crash. Witnesses should call Officer Justin Hooser directly at 326-4646, extension 229.

Those who wish to maintain anonymity can call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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