A 28-year-old Mountain View man died Friday (April 6) from injuries he sustained in a two vehicle crash on the Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) in the area of the 13th mile-marker.
The man was identified as Waimoku T. Lum Ho of a Mt. View address.
Responding to a 1:27 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that Lum Ho was operating a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up truck and traveling south on Route 11 when he rear-ended a 2009 Dodge Ram flatbed truck also traveling south.
The driver of the Dodge, a 39-year-old Volcano man was not injured.
Lum Ho was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by Fire Rescue personnel where he was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m.
Lum Ho was not wearing a seatbelt.
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 negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Paul Kim at 961-2332.
This is the 9th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 6 at the same time last year.