Motorcyclist Dies After Colliding Head-On with Dump Truck on Highway in Pāhoa
A motorcyclist is dead after colliding with a dump truck head-on while riding on Highway 132 in Pāhoa.
Authorities responded to the crash at approximately 4:08 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24. According to Hawaiʻi Police Department, a man driving a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling east on Highway 132 when he reportedly crossed the double solid yellow line, and struck a 2001 tandem dump truck head-on that was traveling west.
The road was closed for nearly seven hours between Government Beach Road and mile marker 4 on Highway 132.
The male operator of the motorcycle was ejected and located unresponsive in the shoulder of the road, HPD states. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:13 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The male driver of the dump truck suffered no injuries.
According to HPD, witnesses at the scene stated the motorcyclist was seen passing vehicles and speeding in the area prior to the traffic collision.
“Police investigating the traffic collision have determined that speed and inattention are factors in this investigation,” HPD states. “It appeared that the motorcyclist had his helmet on at the time of the collision. Police have not determined if alcohol and/or drugs are factors at this time.”
The name of the motorcyclist is being withheld pending positive identification and the notification of next of kin.
This is the 15th fatal traffic collision of 2021 compared to 12 fatal traffic collisions during this same time period last year.
The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation, which is pending. Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has information to contact Officer Blayne Matsui at 808-961-2339 or send an email to [email protected]
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.