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02-13-20 Puna pedestrian fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Chris Correia
Phone: 961-2391
Report No. 20-012742


Media Release

An unidentified male pedestrian died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash that occurred on Thursday morning, (February 13) on Highway 130, south of the Keaʻau Transfer Station.

The identification of the victim is still pending.

Responding to a 6:01 a.m. call, police determined that a male pedestrian was standing in the middle of the roadway on Highway 130, (within the Hilo-bound inner lane) when he was struck by multiple vehicles that were traveling north. 

The pedestrian was struck in succession by at least three vehicles, a 2005 Chevy SUV, operated by a 66-year old female of Keaʻau, a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup operated by a 30-year old male from Pāhoa and a 2006 Toyota pickup operated by a 69-year old male from Pāhoa. None of the drivers of the vehicles that were involved sustained any injuries.

The pedestrian was unresponsive and he was later pronounced dead at the Hilo Medical Center at 8:46 a.m.

Police do not believe that alcohol and/or speeding were factors in the crash.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or have any information relative to the identity of any other involved vehicle(s) or driver(s) to contact Officer Blayne Matsui of the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit at 961-2339.

This is the 5th traffic fatality this year compared to 2 at this time last year.