KONA, Hawaii (KHON2) — It’s been a deadly week on Big Island roadways with five accidents resulting in three fatalities. The family of Justice Jayden Ka’awa is devastated after the 19-year-old was killed in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday.
“I have no words,” said Justice’s father William Ka’awa, Jr. as he held back his tears. “I have compassion but I don’t have a son.”
William described his son as rambunctious and full of life.
“He loved climbing trees, he loves surfing,” William said. “He didn’t do anything everybody else did. But he did everything nobody else could.”
Justice was a hunter and loved the outdoors.
“He would, on a daily basis run-up into the bushes and catch an animal,” said William. “He would bring home pigs, goats, dogs and raise them with his family, his little sisters and stuff.”
William said Justice enjoyed working with his hands, he was a mechanic and loved working on mopeds.
He said Justice was so excited when he got his motorcycle in March.
“I was very proud of him. I am very proud of him. He did things I couldn’t do,” William said.
According to the Hawai’i Island Police Department, a gray 4Runner operated by a 64-year-old Kealakekua woman was making a left turn onto Highway 11, north, when it was struck by a southbound Honda motorcycle operated by Justice.
Police said after Justice hit the SUV, his motorcycle struck a Kia Sedona van operated by a 38-year-old Captain Cook woman.
“It appears that the driver of the SUV did not see the motorcycle coming towards him at that time,” Hawaii Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Commander Sgt. Thomas Koyanagi explained. “The video surveillance shows that the motorcycle appeared to make a left or try to avoid the crash and then striking the right passenger side of the SUV.”
Koyanagi said the bike then flew across the street hitting a van that was waiting to turn out of the gas station driveway.
It was determined by police that Justice was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
There were no reports of injuries for the drivers of the other vehicles. However, a 17-year-old male passenger of the motorcycle was transported to the Kona Community Hospital in stable condition.
“One of his best friends, he ended up having a broken hip and my son didn’t make it,” William said breaking down in tears.
Sadly Justice’s ohana isn’t the only one mourning a loved one.
According to Big Island police, there were four major motorcycle collisions, killing two motorcyclists and injuring two more in just three days.
A female pedestrian was also killed in Kona crossing Queen Kaahumanu Highway bringing to total traffic fatalities on the Hawaii island to 19 so far this year.
“That’s scary because right now we’re on a course that we don’t want to be,” Koyanagi said.
He is urging people need to slow down, drive defensively, drive sober and look out for motorcyclists.
“(Drivers) have to be aware that (motorcyclists) actually are on the roadway,” he explained. “Especially when they’re pulling out onto the highway, merging lanes that they need to check their blind spots and be aware of everything that’s going around them.”
Koyanagi said it’s imperative people remember their actions impact those around them– and could cost someone their life.
The Ka’awa ohana created a GoFundMe for Justice to help pay for funeral services. You can click here to make a donation.
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Anyone with information on Justice’s case may call Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646.