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Kailua-Kona Man Dies in Truck-Cycle Crash

February 3, 2017, 8:26 AM HST
* Updated February 3, 8:32 AM
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The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that a 59-year-old Kailua-Kona man died from a truck and motorized cycle crash Thursday afternoon, Feb. 2, in Kaupulehu in North Kona near the 27-mile marker of Māmālahoa Highway (Route 190).

He has been identified as Robert Abeyta.

Responding to a 3:13 p.m. call, police determined that Abeyta had been traveling north on Route 190 on a motorized cycle when he swerved left into the northbound lane of the highway and was struck by a 2009 GMC pickup truck operated by a 35-year-old Waimea man also traveling north.

Abeyta sustained critical injuries from the collision. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has any information about the crash to call Officer Kimo Keli‘ipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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This is the fourth traffic fatality this year compared with none at this time last year.

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