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Bicyclist dies in Keaau crash

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MEDIA RELEASE

A 66-year-old Puna man died Friday (Sept. 27) in a vehicle-bicycle crash.

Ag 11:56 a.m., a 2004 Dodge pickup truck was traveling south at a high rate of speed on Highway 11 near the 8-mile marker in Keaau when it lost control, crossed the grassy median and struck a bicycle traveling north on the shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist died at the scene.

He was identified as 66-year-old Cenon Tranquilino A. Visaya of Keaau.

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

Fire/rescue personnel took the driver of the pickup, Siaiku L. Aholelei, 27, of Mountain View, to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide and is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.

Police urge anyone who witnessed the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

This is the 22nd fatality this year compared with 30 at this time last year.

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Oct 22, 2014 / 5:15 pm

 

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