Police blame 'inattention' for fatal motorcycle accident in North Kona

Police blame 'inattention' for fatal motorcycle accident in North Kona
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NORTH KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police released new details on Wednesday about a fatal motorcycle crash in North Kona.

Police say a 69-year-old man was riding a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Mamalahoa Highway Tuesday. Around the 28-mile marker, he reportedly failed to navigate a turn in the road, and lost control.

He then hit the guardrail and was flown from his bike, police said. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries where he later died.

The man was identified as Henry Peters.

Police believe inattention was a factor in the crash, though it is unclear if alcohol played a role.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the man's exact cause of death.

This is the ninth traffic fatality this year. This time last year, there were also nine traffic-related deaths.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229.

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