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Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Puna Traffic Collision

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A head-on traffic collision in Kea‘au involving a motorcycle and sedan resulted in the motorcyclist being critically injured.

Big Island police reported the collision happened at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the area of Kua‘āina Road and Highway 11. Investigators determined that a 2015 Nissan Sentra traveling south on Highway 11 crossed the double solid yellow line and struck a 2002 Honda motorcycle traveling north.

The motorcyclist, a 41 year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was flown to Queens Medical Center in Honolulu in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan Sentra, a 20 year-old man, was not injured.

Police think inattention is a contributing factor in the collision. The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit initiated a negligent injury investigation and is awaiting results of additional testing to determine other potential causes of the crash.

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Anyone who might have witnessed the collision or who has information about this incident is asked to contact Officer Clifford Antonio at 808-961-2339 or via email at [email protected]

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