58-year-old biker dies in Big Island head-on crash

A 58-year-old man from Pepeekeo has died after the motorbike he was riding hit three vehicles in Honomu on Monday.

He has been identified as Malvin Reyes, the Hawaii Police Department said.

Police responded to a report of a head-on collision in the 13-14 mile marker area of ​​the Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 19) around 8:50 p.m.

Police said a motorcycle was traveling south on the freeway when it crossed the center line, swept over two vehicles and hit a third vehicle head-on.

All three vehicles were traveling north on the highway at the time.

Reyes was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Police said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

It is not known at this time whether speeding, alcohol or drugs were contributing factors.

An autopsy should be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Police say the drivers of the three vehicles, a 74-year-old man, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were not injured.

It is the 21st traffic-related death on the island of Hawaii this year, up from 12 at the same time last year.

The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a negligent homicide. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Officer Blayne Matsui at 808-961-2339 or by email at [email protected]

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