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Laupahoehoe man dies after motorcycle ‘wheelie’ leads to crash

MEDIA RELEASE

A 24-year-old Laupahoehoe man died Sunday (February 26) from injuries he received in a single motorcycle crash on Kalanianaole Street, 228 feet east of Koloa Street.

The driver was identified as Dimitri I. Sheehan of a Laupahoehoe address.

Responding to a 4:08 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that Sheehan was operating a 2002 Honda motorcycle and traveling west on Kalanianaole Street when he did a “wheelie” on the roadway, lost control and ran off the right side of the road where he struck a street sign.

Sheehan was wearing a helmet and was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by Fire/Rescue personnel where he later died at 5:43 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor 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 5th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 5 at the same time last year.

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