KAILUA-KONA — Police have identified a bicyclist killed after being struck by a vehicle on Queen Kaahumanu Highway Thursday morning.
Hawaii Police say Roy Johnson, 73, of Texas, a part-time Hawaii resident, was riding on the north shoulder when he made a U-turn at mile marker 85 near Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. While attempting to make the turn, police say, the cyclist was struck by a 30-year-old Czech Republic man driving north in a silver Nissan Versa. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. Akira Edmoundson said the cyclist was riding with a group and was the last to make the U-turn. The highway was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. It reopened about 10 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Tina Clothier, executive director for People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, said she spoke to one of the riders from the group. That cyclist confirmed Johnson was unable to complete the U-turn. She was also told Johnson was familiar with Hawaii County roads.