Puna man dies of injuries after moped collision 12-15-03

PHONE: 961-2332
DECEMBER 15, 2003


A 59-year-old man died of injuries he sustained when his moped was struck Saturday evening (December 13, 2003) by a sports utility vehicle in the private Eden Roc Estates subdivision in Mountain View, Puna.

The victim was identified as Michael R. Spens, of Mountain View.

Responding to a 7:22 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that Spens was riding his moped east on Palainui Street when he collided head-on with a westbound SUV driven by Rae Fonseca, 50, also of Mountain View.

The victim was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:27 p.m. Sunday.

Traffic Enforcement Unit Officers are continuing an investigation into the collision and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Officer Norbert Serrao of the TEU at 961-2332 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Because the collision occurred on private property, the death was not counted as a traffic fatality.

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