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Puna fatality 12-06-08

Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
December 6, 2008
Report No. C08036909

Media Release

A 52-year-old Pahoa man died Saturday (December 6) from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on Leilani Avenue, .5 miles west of Pohoiki Road in the Leilani Estates Subdivision in the Puna District.

Responding to a 4:08 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the vicitm was operating a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling west on Leilani Avenue when he lost control, crossed the centerline and collided with a utility pole.

The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported by Fire Rescue personnel to the Hilo Medical Center where he later died at 7:15 p.m.

Police do not believe that speed or alcohol was involved.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

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 26th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 35 at the same time last year.