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11-07-19 Hilo bicyclist fatality

Hawai‘i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I
Acting Sergeant Erhard Autrata
Phone: (808) 961- 2391
Report No. 19-087626


Media Release

An adult male bicyclist has been killed after being struck by a motor vehicle Wednesday evening (November 6) on Kaumana Drive near the intersection with Wili Wili Street in Hilo.

Responding to a 9:04 p.m. call, police determined that a 2008 Dodge pickup truck had been traveling up (west) Kaumana Drive within the two way center median turn lane (below the Wili Wili Street intersection) when it collided with a bicyclist traveling down (east) on Kaumana drive, also within the two way center median turn lane. The bicyclist who was wearing dark-colored clothing was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:28 p.m. 

The operator of the pickup truck, a 66-year-old Hilo man, was not injured in the crash and subsequently arrested for suspicion Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants (OVUII) and Negligent Homicide in the first-degree. He is currently being held at the Hilo Cellblock pending continued investigation.

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

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Clifford Antonio at (808) 961-2339.

This is the 17th traffic fatality this year compared to 24 at this same time last year.