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Pedestrian fatality (update No. 2) 03-08-11

Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
March 8, 2011
Report No. C10034216

Media Release (Update No. 2)

Big Island police have completed a negligent homicide investigation into the December 13 motor vehicle/pedestrian collision on Hawai’i Belt Road (Route 19) in the Hamakua District.

On that date, a 54-year-old Hilo man was operating a 2009 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer and traveling west on Route 19 when the tractor-trailer struck a 39-year-old Honoka’a man, who stepped out into the roadway and died from his injuries.

After conducting an autopsy, the pathologist concluded that the manner of death was suicide. As a result, the traffic fatality count for 2010 has been reduced from 28 to 27.