Two Kona men were killed Friday from injuries they sustained in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Hawaii Belt Road, or Route 11, and Kalamalani Place in Captain Cook, according to police.
Responding to a 9:13 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a 40-year-old Kailua-Kona man was operating a 1994 Honda motorcycle and traveling south on Route 11 when he crossed the center line and collided with a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck being operated by a 33-year-old Kealakekua man. The Chevrolet was also traveling south and making a left turn onto Kalamalani Place.
A third vehicle, a 1991 Toyota pickup truck that was parked on private property, also received minor damage.
The motorcycle operator was identified as Toby H. Ledward of a Kailua-Kona address.
The driver of the truck was identified as Glennard A. Sadumiano, of a Kealakekua address.
The motorcycle operator was not wearing a helmet and the driver of the truck was not wearing a seat belt.
Fire Rescue personnel took the driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck to Kona Community Hospital, where he died at 9:38 p.m.
Ledward was later transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:40 p.m.
Police believe that the motorcycle operator was speeding and also believe that alcohol was involved.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated negligent homicide and coroner’s inquest cases and have ordered autopsies to determine the exact cause of death.