Police have determined that 23-year old man who died following a motorcycle crash Tuesday night (June 16) in Volcano was riding a non-street-legal dirt bike with no headlights at the time of the accident, which occurred near the 25-mile marker in the Volcano area of Puna.
Responding to an 8:34 p.m. call, police found that the rider, who has been identified as Ronson Bento of Volcano, was riding
a 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike, heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a southbound 2005 Dodge Caravan that was making a left turn onto Nahelenani Street. Bento, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike in the crash. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.
The driver of the van, a 48-year-old Volcano woman, was not injured in the crash.
The dirt bike had no license plate and was not equipped with features to be lawfully operated on a public highway.
It is undetermined if speed or alcohol were factors in the collision.
Police have initiated a standard negligent homicide case and are continuing the investigation. They ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash or operation of the dirt bike prior to the collision to call Officer William Brown at 965-2716.
This is the 12th traffic fatality this year compared with seven at this time last year.