A 66-year-old Kailua-Kona man suffered severe injuries following a single-vehicle collision on Saturday along Kaiwi Street in Kailua-Kona.
Responding to a 2:41 p.m. call, Hawai`i Police Department officers determined that a white 2019 Honda Ruckus moped heading west had pulled out of a parking lot onto Kaiwi Street and lost control.
The man was ejected from the moped and onto the roadway. He suffered severe head injuries and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital for treatment. He was later transported to the Queens Medical Center on Oahu where he is listed in critical condition.
Police do believe that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Traffic Crash investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident 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.