21-year-old charged with manslaughter after deadly crash that killed Hawaii Island fire captain

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Charges have been filed in the collision that killed 49-year-old David Mahon, of Kailua-Kona on Highway 190 Wednesday morning. 

Police charged 21-year-old Christopher Raymond Helmlinger with manslaughter on Thursday. His bail has been set at $100,000.

Responding officers found the victim, Mahon, unresponsive on the roadway. Through the investigation, it was determined that Helmlinger was passing several vehicles in a no-passing zone just south of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway intersection. Witnesses reported that they had observed a white Honda Pilot S.U.V. driving recklessly and passing several vehicles in a single pass at speeds over the posted 50 mph.  

Helmlinger remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday, May 24.Manslaughter is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit continues to ask for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

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