Hilo pedestrian fatality 01-22-06

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT UNIT
SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER D. GALI
PHONE: 961-2332
JANUARY 22, 2006

MEDIA RELEASE

A 69-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (January 22, 2006) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash on Ainaola Drive between Komohana Street and Keone Street in Hilo.

The victim was identified as Dominador Macanas of a Hilo address.

Responding to a 6:45 a.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the victim was crossing Ainaola Drive in a northerly direction when he was struck by a 1996 Mazda pick-up truck traveling west on Ainaola Drive. The victim was not in a crosswalk.

The driver of the truck, a 57-year-old Hilo man was not injured.

The victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 7:10 a.m.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

It is unknown at this time if speed or alcohol were factors in this crash.

This is the 3rd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared to none at the same time last year.

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