Bicyclist dies on Akoni Pule Highway




UPDATE: The police have updated this story with a media release, and there have been some changes to the information, like the ages of those in the pickup truck.

A 52-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Thursday (July 12) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/bicycle crash on Akoni Pule Highway at the 19-mile marker in the North Kohala District.

The bicyclist was identified as Jessie Taylor of a Kailua-Kona address.

Responding to a 1:18 p.m. call, North Kohala patrol officers determined that a 16-year-old girl from Hawi was operating a 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck and traveling east on Akoni Pule Highway when she apparently fell asleep, drifted off the right side of the highway and struck the bicyclist, who was on the shoulder of the road and also traveling east.

The driver of the truck and her mother, a 45-year-old Hawi woman, were not injured.

The bicyclist was taken to the Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m.

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

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

Police anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 15th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.

SOURCE: Hawaii County Police

ORIGINAL REPORT: NORTH KOHALA, Hawaii: A 52 year old male bicyclist from Kailua-Kona died on a North Kohala highway on Thursday, after being struck by a pickup truck, authorities say.

The Hawaii County Fire Department says a 2003 Nissan pick-up truck driven by a 15 year old female from North Kohala was heading east on the Akoni Pule Highway – travelling in the same direction as the bicyclist – when it struck the victim.

When first responders arrived on the scene at Mile Marker 19 located between Old Coast Guard Road and Kokoiki Road shortly before 1:30 p.m. and found the bicyclist lying on roadside with no signs of life.

The 15 year old female and her 46 year old passenger were sitting on roadside, their pick-up truck had substatial damage to front of vehicle, fire officials say. They were both taken to the Kohala Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Scene was turned over to HPD and the cause of the accident is under way.

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