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Two killed in Big Island motorcycle & truck crash


CAPTAIN COOK (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two Kona men were killed on the Big Island Friday night after a motorcycle traveling at an unknown rate of speed crossed over the center line and collided with the side of a pickup truck.

The victims of the crash have been identified as 40-year old Toby H. Ledward of Kailua-Kona and 33-year old Glennard A. Sadumiano of Kealakekua.

The accident happened at approximately 9:11 p.m. at the intersection of Route 11 and Kalamalani Place in Captain Cook. Police say Ledward was traveling south on Route 11 on a 1994 Honda motorcycle when he crossed the center line and collided with Sadumiano's 2005 Chevrolet pickup, which was also traveling south and making a left-hand turn onto Kalamalani Place.

Ledward was found in the middle of the road by emergency responders, who reported that he showed no signs of life. He was transported to Kona Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:40 p.m. Police say he was not wearing a helmet, and believe speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.

Sadumiano's truck was found approximately 50 feet from the highway in a private yard, and responders reported finding him trapped in the front cab of the vehicle. Sadumiano, who is not believed to have been wearing a seat belt, was extricated and transported to Kona Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. 

Family members say both men were on their way home.  After a string of accidents this week on the Big Island, Ledward's mother says something needs to be done to stop the tragedies.  "I'm really devastated.  It's just too many people dying on our roads.  It's just tragedy and it's just families suffering, hurting, and you learn to live with it.  I'm not the first mother", said Lena Ledward.  "I just want to remember him as always a cheerful person.  Always a smile on his face", said Emelda Alaoan.

Sadumiano was a hotel employee.  He has three siblings.  Ledward worked at his family's mason business and leaves behind three children.

Highway 11 was closed and traffic was detoured away from the area while officials from the Hawaii Police Department conducted an investigation. Traffic enforcement officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered autopsies to determine the exact causes of death.

The fatalities were numbers 17 and 18 for the Big Island in 2012, compared to 12 at the same time last year.

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