Victim thrown from truck dies 12-16-02

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT UNIT
SERGEANT SAMUEL V. JELSMA
PHONE: 961-2332
DECEMBER 16, 2002
H-30475/NEG HOM

MEDIA RELEASE

A 30-year-old Puna man died Sunday morning (December 15, 2002) from injuries he sustained in a crash that occurred Friday (December 6, 2002) on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) near the 43-mile marker in the Kapapala area of the Ka’u District.

The victim was identified as Garrison Dayanan, of a Kurtistown address in Puna.

Responding to a 6:28 p.m. call on December 6, police determined that a 1990 Mazda pickup truck driven by Eric Dayanan, 23, was heading north on Hawaii Belt road when it ran onto the right shoulder of the road. The driver attempted to regain control of the vehicle, coming back onto the road, crossing the centerline and running off the left shoulder of the road into a fence. The victim, who had been riding in the bed of the truck, was ejected.

The victim was taken to a local hospital and later flown to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he later died as a result of his injuries. He was pronounced dead at 3:55 a.m. Sunday (December 15, 2002).

A front seat passenger in the vehicle, identified by crash reports as Kaleo Balgas, 24, was treated locally for his injuries. The driver, Eric Dayanan, refused medical treatment and was arrested at the time for suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant and two counts of negligent injury. He was released pending further investigation.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are continuing the investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Dayanan’s death was the 27th traffic-related fatality so far this year, compared with 29 at the same time last year.

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