Man Dies in South Kohala Collision

A 23-year-old man died following a single-vehicle collision on Monday, 0.1 miles west of the 66-mile marker on Kawaihae Road. 

The Hawai`i Police Department reports that the man has been positively identified as Reynald Mateo Navarro of Kamuela. 

Responding to a 12:21 a.m. call, police determined that a Black 2020 Yamaha R6 motorcycle heading east drove off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a rock embankment.

Navarro was transported to the North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:04 a.m.

Authorities say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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

The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Kelsey Kobayashi at 326-4646 ext. 229 or email at Kelsey.kobayashi@hawaiicounty.gov. 

This is the 15th traffic fatality this year compared to 23 at this time last year.