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Hilo man dies after motorcycle crash in Kailua-Kona Sunday (March 29)

MEDIA RELEASE

A 66-year-old Hilo man died Sunday afternoon (March 29) following a two-motorcycle collision at the intersection of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway in Kailua-Kona.

He has been identified as Darryl Arruda.

Responding to a 3 p.m. call, police determined that a maroon 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle being operated by Arruda was traveling north on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in a group with seven other motorcycles. As the group approached the intersection with Kealakehe Parkway, the lead motorcyclist, a 52-year-old Hilo man on a red 1992 Harley Davidson, braked suddenly as the traffic light changed from green to yellow. Arruda was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the lead motorcycle. Both bikes overturned.

Arruda sustained a head injury from the collision. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The other rider was not injured.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua or Acting Sergeant Justin Hooser at 326-4646, Ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

This is the 6th traffic fatality this year compared with three at this time last year.

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