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Man Killed in Fatal Crash at HVNP Entrance Identified

April 20, 2022, 1:30 PM HST
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The man who was killed in a fatal crash Tuesday, April 19, at the entrance of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has been identified as 21-year-old Big Island resident Seth White.

White died Tuesday morning after his motorcycle collided with a small SUV at the intersection of Highway 11 and the park’s entrance. According to a news release from the park, the collision occurred shortly before 8 a.m., when a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle being driven by White, who was heading toward Hilo on Highway 11, crashed into a small SUV making a left turn into the park.

White was unresponsive at the scene and transported to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:03 a.m. The 65-year-old female driver of the SUV, the only occupant of the vehicle, reported no injuries.

Big Island police determined speed and inattention were major factors in the collision.

The collision closed both lanes of Highway 11 near the park entrance for several hours. Hawaiʻi Police Department and park law enforcement officers are investigating.

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Anyone who might have witnessed the collision or has information about it is asked to contact HPD Officer Jerome Duarte at 808-961-2329 or via email at [email protected]. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.

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