Police identify motorcyclist killed in crash on Daniel K. Inouye Highway

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 9:32 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 5:49 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police have identified the motorcyclist killed following a crash Wednesday morning on Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Authorities said 44-year-old Tyson Garcia was discovered around 8:30 a.m. on Saddle Road in the area of the 31 and 32 mile markers.

Police said the incident happened when Garcia continued driving straight on curve, crossing into the right shoulder lane and striking the curb.

Officials said they believe that the motorcyclist went airborne over a fence and landed several yards away in pasture off the highway.

Garcia, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at around 11:30 a.m.

Following the crash, a portion of Daniel K. Inouye Highway was closed for more than two hours. It has since reopened.

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

At this time, the East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit said they do not believe any other vehicles involved, but are not ruling out the possibility.

Investigators said speed and not wearing a helmet were contributing factors in the crash.

Pending an autopsy and further testing, police said they will be able to determine if alcohol or drugs are factors, along with an estimated time of death relating to crash.

This is the 22nd traffic fatality on Hawaii Island compared to 13 crashes during this same time in 2020.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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