Big Island Police Charge Driver of Truck Involved in Fatal Vehicle-Bicycle Crash Friday

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged the driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal vehicle-bicycle crash Friday (September 27) in Puna.

Siaku L. Aholelei

Siaku L. Aholelei

At 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police charged 27-year-old Siaku L. Aholelei of Mountain View with first-degree negligent homicide and first-degree manslaughter. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $275,000 bail pending his initial court hearing scheduled for Monday (September 30).

At 11:56 a.m. Friday, Aholelei was was traveling south at a high rate of speed on Highway 11 near the 8-mile marker in Keaʻau when he lost control, crossed the grassy median and struck a bicycle traveling north on the shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist, 66-year-old Cenon Tranquilino A. Visaya of Keaʻau, died at the scene.

55-Year-Old Man Dies After Vehicle/Motorcycle Crash in Hilo

A 55-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (August 26) at 4:05 p.m. at Hilo Medical Center from injuries he received in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Kinoʻole Street and Mohouli Street on July 13.

The man was identified as Earl M. Arakaki, of a Hilo address.

Responding to a 10:05 p.m. call (July 13), South Hilo patrol officers determined that Arakaki was operating a 2007 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kinoʻole Street when a 67-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona operating a 2003 Honda four-door sedan and traveling south on Kinoʻole Street failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn in front of Arakaki.

Arakaki was not wearing a helmet. Fire Department rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he remained confined until his death.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have reclassified a negligent injury case to a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

Because Arakaki died more than 31 days after the incident, his death is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.

20 Year-Old Hilo Man Dies in Vehicle-Bicycle Collision – Driver Arrested After Leaving the Scene

A 20-year-old Hilo man died Wednesday (April 11) in a vehicle-bicycle collision in Hilo.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification.

Shortly before 7:29 a.m., a 40-year-old Volcano woman was traveling south on Kinoʻole Street south of Ohea Street in a 2005 Toyota Tacoma when she struck a male riding a bicycle in the same direction. The Tacoma then struck a utility pole, severing it.

The driver fled the scene traveling south on Kinoʻole Street. An off-duty police officer stopped her at Palai Street.

Fire/rescue personnel took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:16 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Alison Taylor Facebook picture

The driver, Alison E. Taylor of Volcano, was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, accident involving death or serious injury, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to render aid and driving with a suspended license. She is being held at the Hilo police cell block while Traffic Enforcement Unit officers continue the investigation.

This is the 10th fatality this year compared with seven at this time last year.

Lincoln Ashida: Why Negligent Homicide Suspects are Normally Released Pending Further Investigation

From the Desk of Hawaii Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida:

Why negligent homicide suspects are normally released pending further investigation. A very sad story was reported in our local media over the past weekend, where a one year-old child was killed in a traffic collision. The news report says the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light and collided into a vehicle occupied by the one year-old child. The Police are attributed as saying “speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.” The driver of the pickup truck is reported to have a DUI conviction from 21 years ago. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested, but not immediately charged and released pending further investigation.

Some have wondered why the driver was released without charges. Unfortunately, some in our community who have written anonymous responses to the newspaper article have already concluded this is the product of police ineptitude or corruption

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P.S. Mr. Ashida, is there a reason why your blog is formatted so “Fred Flinstone” like?