Kailua-Kona Man Dies in Motorcycle CrashMay 2, 2018, 9:11 AM HST (Updated May 2, 2018, 9:11 AM)
A man died in a single motorcycle traffic crash Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in North Kona near the 28-mile marker of Māmalahoa Highway (Route 190).
He has been positively identified as 69-year-old Henry Peters of Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.
Responding to a 10:56 am call, police determined that Henry Peters had been operating a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, traveling south on Māmalahoa Highway near the 28-mile marker, when he failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway.
This caused Peters to run off onto the west shoulder of the roadway and to collide with a guardrail, causing Peters to be ejected from the motorcycle; he sustained critical injuries.
Peters was taken to the Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on at 3:47 p.m.
Police believe inattention was a factor in this crash, but it’s not immediately known if alcohol was a factor.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.
This is the ninth traffic fatality this year compared with the same number at this time last year.