05-04-18 Hamakua fatal industrial accident (Update no. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Area I Criminal Investigation Section
Lieutenant Miles Chong
Phone: 961-2252
Report No.: C18012374


Media Release (Update No. 2)

An autopsy was performed this morning (May 4) on the victim who died Wednesday (May 2) in a fatal industrial accident on Highway 19 in Paʻauilo.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that the man, 52-year-old Lyle Kaaihili of Waikoloa, died as a result of blunt force trauma to his body with the manner of death being accidental.

At 10:00 a.m. Wednesday (May 2), a utility company using a boom truck was replacing a utility pole on the shoulder of Highway 19 near the 35-mile marker. Witnesses reported that as the pole was being positioned into place, the boom collapsed and the pole fell onto the victim. Employees with the company were able to remove the pole as first responders arrived on scene.

The victim was taken by ambulance to the North Hawai`i Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:49 a.m.

Anyone who may have information about his incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Jesse Kerr of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2379 or Jesse.Kerr@hawaiicounty.gov.

This entry was posted in Media Releases. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Keep your community safe through Crime Stoppers

    Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    The Crime Stoppers TV Program is available on-demand from Nā Leo TV.