Puna fatality 04-09-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone:  961-2332
Report No. C12009232

 

Media Release

A 28-year-old Mountain View man died Friday (April 6) from injuries he sustained in a two vehicle crash on the Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) in the area of the 13th mile-marker.

The man was identified as Waimoku T. Lum Ho of a Mt. View address.

Responding to a 1:27 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that Lum Ho was operating a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up truck and traveling south on Route 11 when he rear-ended a 2009 Dodge Ram flatbed truck also traveling south.

The driver of the Dodge, a 39-year-old Volcano man was not injured.

Lum Ho was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by Fire Rescue personnel where he was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m.

Lum Ho was not wearing a seatbelt.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

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

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Paul Kim at 961-2332.

This is the 9th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 6 at the same time last year.


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