February 11, 2011 – Hilo, HI – Police have identified the victim of a fatal moped crash that occurred at the intersection of Kukuau and Komohana Streets on February 6.
Hawaii News Now reports that an 87-year-old male Hilo resident was riding his 2009 Honda Metropolitan scooter westbound on Kukuau Street when he ran a stop sign and was hit by a 2006 Nissan vehicle traveling northbound on Komohana. The Nissan was driven by a 51-year old man and also contained 2 other passengers, a 41-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl.
The Nissan passengers were transported to the Hilo Medical Center where they received treatment for minor injuries. The 87-year-old man was also taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead about 2 hours later. Police do not believe that alcohol, drugs or speed were factors in the crash. The elderly Hilo man was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are performing a negligent homicide investigation and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of the man’s death. Witnesses to the accident and anyone with information are asked to contact police. This was the fourth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, one shy of last year’s total of 5 at this same time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2009 Crash Statistics, there were 109 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Hawaii.
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