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Puna fatality 11-30-12
Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Report No. C12031875
A 65-year-old Pāhoa man died Thursday (November 29) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 130 and Leilani Avenue in Pāhoa.
Responding to a 3:34 p.m. call, Puna patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that the 65-year-old man was operating a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle and traveling north on Route 130 when a 1999 Lexus multi-purpose vehicle being operated by a 66-year-old Pāhoa man failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn onto Leilani Avenue.
The motorcycle operator was not wearing a helmet and was dead at the scene.
The driver of the Lexus was not injured. His wife, a 64-year-old woman, went to the Hilo Medical Center by private vehicle and was treated and released with minor injuries.
It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.
The motorcycle operator was taken to Hilo Medical Center and officially pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m.
The name of the motorcycle operator is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.
Traffic Enforcement Unit Officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask that anyone with information about the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.
This is the 37th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 19 at this time last year.
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