Nevada Man Dies Following South Kona Hit-and-Run

A 61-year-old Nevada man died following a two-vehicle crash Monday in South Kona near the 88-mile marker of Hawai`i Belt Road (Highway 11).

The Hawai`i Police Department says the man has been identified as 61-year-old Mark Brown.

Responding to a 7:19 p.m. call, police determined that a black 2009 Cadillac sedan had been traveling North when it rear-ended a Harley Davidson motorcycle also traveling North.

Following the collision, the sedan and its operator fled from the scene prior to police arrival.

The sedan was located abandoned approximately 0.5 miles north of the collision at the intersection of Hawaiʻi Belt Road and Lani Kona Road.

Information was received that a single female was observed walking away from the sedan and was last seen walking barefoot East on Lani Kona Road.

The collision caused Brown to sustain critical injuries and he was pronounced dead at the Kona Community Hospital at 11:23 p.m.

Police believe inattention was a factor in this crash, but it is not immediately known if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor.

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

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent-Homicide-1 investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.