North Kohala Man Dies in Queen K Collision

Updated at 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 10 to include victim identification.

A 31-year-old North Kohala man died following a two-vehicle collision on Monday along Queen Kaahumanu Highway, .1 mile north of the 79-mile marker. 

Hawai`i Police Department officials say the man has been positively identified as Ira Michael De Mattos.

Responding to a 12:26 a.m. call, police determined that a red 2018 Honda CBR motorcycle heading north (Kamuela bound) had passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed in the opposite shoulder of the roadway. The motorcycle was in a passing zone and sideswiped a southbound gray 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The motorcycle was driving with the headlight off. The pickup was being operated by a 49-year-old Kailua-Kona man. The 31-year-old male rider was transported to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at 5:10 a.m.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, along with his two female passengers were not injured in the collision.

Police believe that speed is a factor in the crash. 

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

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Kelsey Kobayashi at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

This is the 4th traffic fatality this year compared to 2 at this time last year.