HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Police Department reported a fatal three-vehicle collision on Wednesday morning in South Kona was followed by the death of a 19-year-old Kailua-Kona man.
Police said they were called to the accident at around 9:28 a.m. They said it happened south of the intersection of Old Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 180) and Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11).
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A 64-year-old Kealakekua woman was operating a gray Toyota SUV when she was making a left turn onto Highway 11 (north). As she made the turn the SUV was struck by a southbound black Honda motorcycle operated by a 19-year-old man.
The motorcycle then struck a silver Kia Sedona van driven by a 38-year-old Captain Cook woman.
According to police, the motorcycle also had a 17-year-old male passenger who was taken to Kona Community Hospital with the operator.
The 17-year-old boy continues to be treated for his injuries, however, the operator was later pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.
The 19-year-old motorcyclist was identified as Justice Jayden Kawelu Kaawa.
An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of death and a negligent homicide investigation has been initiated.
Police said this is the 19th traffic fatality this year — at the same time last year, there were 12.
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Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229 or email at Jason.email@example.com. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.