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Kailua-Kona man dies after motorcycle crash Sunday (April 17)

MEDIA RELEASE

A 22-year-old Kona man died in a single-motorcycle traffic crash Sunday morning (April 17) in North Kona near the 22-mile marker of Māmālahoa Highway (Route 190).

He has been identified as Jonathan Salinas of Kailua-Kona.

Responding to a 9:43 a.m. call, police determined that Salinas had been operating a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle and traveling south on Māmālahoa Highway near the 22-mile marker when he failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway. This caused him to run off onto the east shoulder of the roadway and into a rock embankment. The impact caused Salinas to be ejected from the motorcycle. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital with head injuries, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m.

Police believe speed and inattention were factors in the crash, but it was not immediately known if alcohol was a factor.

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

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Justin Hooser at 326-4646, extension 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the ninth traffic fatality this year compared with seven at this time last year.

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