Hawaii County firefighter killed in Mamalahoa Highway crash

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(Image: Rachel Strauss)
Published: May. 23, 2019 at 8:08 AM HST
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PUUANAHULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Hawaii Island police have identified the man killed in a crash on Highway 190 Wednesday morning.

Police said 49-year-old David Alan Mahon was riding his motorcycle on Highway 190 when he was hit by an S.U.V. just after 6:30 a.m. south of the 14-mile marker.

Mahon was a Hawaii County firefighter.

A stretch of Mamalahoa Highway was shut down for most of the day as police investigated.

The S.U.V. was being driven by a 21-year-old Kamuela man. Police say he was overtaking several southbound vehicles in a no passing zone when the crash happened.

Mahon was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he later died. The driver of a third vehicle involved in the crash was uninjured.

Speed was a contributing factor, police said.

The 21-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was arrested for negligent homicide and other related offenses. He remains in police custody in Kona.

Witnesses to the crash are being asked to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at 326-4646 ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo.

This is Hawaii Island’s 8th traffic fatality of 2019 compared to 11 this time last year.

This story will be updated.

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