49-year-old motorcyclist killed in a crash on Hawaii Island

49-year-old motorcyclist killed in a crash on Hawaii Island
The crash closed the highway in both directions. There was no detour available so drives were forced to either turn around or wait it out. (Source: Mariso Jabliona)

LAUPAHOEHOE, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -A man died Saturday in a crash on Hawaii Island’s Highway 19.

On Sunday, police identified that man as 49-year-old Vincent L. Pereira Jr., of Mountain View.

The crash shut down both lanes of Highway 19 near Laupahoehoe around 3:40 p.m. Saturday.

A preliminary investigation found that Pereira was heading south on a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crossed the center line and hit a guard rail.

Pereira sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead later in the evening.

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

This is Hawaii Island’s 20th traffic fatality of the year compared to 27 this time last year.

This story may be updated.

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