Motorcyclist killed in collision with dump truck driver on popular Pahoa highway

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Big Island police are investigating a traffic collision that left a motorcyclist dead along Highway 132 in Pahoa.

It happened at approximately 4:08 p.m. on Tuesday between the 4 and 5 mile marker.

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According to police, a man driving a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling east on Highway 132, when he apparently crossed the double solid yellow line and struck a 2001 tandem dump truck head-on. The truck was traveling west at the time.

Witnesses at the scene said the motorcyclist had been observed passing vehicles and speeding in the area prior to the collision.

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Upon impact, the motorcyclist was ejected from his seat and found unresponsive in the shoulder of the road.

He was taken to Hilo Medical Center where a pronouncement of death was made at 8:13 p.m.

Police say the dump truck driver did not suffer injuries.

Investigators have determined that speed and inattention were factors in this incident.

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An autopsy has been ordered to determine the motorcyclist’s exact cause of death. 

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