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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:01 a.m., Friday, February 10, 2006

Motorcyclist killed on Big Island

Advertiser Staff

HILO, Hawai'i — A 41-year-old Volcano man was killed yesterday after a car turned in front of his motorcycle on Hawai'i Belt Road near Glenwood, police said.

Police said Jack M. Napeahi Jr. was riding a Suzuki motorcycle south on the highway shortly before 9:06 p.m. yesterday when a Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park woman in a 2003 Honda two-door sedan allegedly attempted to make a left-hand turn from the highway onto Lehuanani Road in front of the motorcycle.

Napeahi, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle, and was pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center at 10 p.m.

The 46-year-old driver of the Honda was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant, negligent homicide and failing to yield the right of way, police said. She was later released pending further investigation, police said.

Napeahi's death is the sixth traffic fatality on the Big Island so far this year, the same number as last year at this time.