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Puna fatality (update) 05-20-11

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
May 20, 2011
Report No. C1101127

Media Release (update)

Police traffic investigators have charged 52-year-old Fidel Jeronimo Bautista Jr. of Pāhoa, with manslaughter, negligent homicide in the first degree, negligent injury in the first degree, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, no operator’s license and no insurance stemming from a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 130 and Ainaloa Boulevard on May 18.

Bautista was operating a 1994 Toyota four-door sedan and traveling west on Route 130 when he made a left turn onto Ainaloa Boulevard, failing to yield the right of way, and collided with a 1997 Honda motorcycle traveling east.

A 61-year-old woman from Vancouver, Washington, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, died Thursday (May 19) at Hilo Medical Center from the injuries she received.

Her name is being withheld pending positive identification.

Bail for Bautista totaled $60,250. He remains confined at the Hilo police cellblock.