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Puna fatality 10-15-08

Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
October 15, 2008
Report No. C08031106

Media Release

A 62-year-old Hilo man died Tuesday (October 14) from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on Pohoiki Road, .5 miles east of Hinalo Street.

The victim was identified as Robert B. De Sa of Hilo.

Responding to a 3 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 2008 Honda Shadow motorcycle and traveling west on Pohoiki Road when the motorcycle struck a dog that had run out onto the roadway.

The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle and received head injuries.

Fire rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he died at 10:37 p.m.

Police do not believe that speed or alcohol were factors in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 22nd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 32 at this time last year.