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Man killed in Hawaii island bicycle accident is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:59 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2012

A 52-year-old bicyclist died Thursday after he was hit by a truck driven by a 15-year-old girl in North Kohala, Hawaii Island firefighters said.

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

Firefighters were sent to Akoni Pule Highway near the 19-mile marker about 1:15 p.m. and found the cyclist lying on the roadside, firefighters said.

A 16-year-old girl from Hawi  driving a 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck east on the highway 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, police said.

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., police said.

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

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kailua000 wrote:
15? I thought you cant even get a permit till you are 16.
on July 13,2012 | 04:33AM
onevoice82 wrote:
I am a proponant of raising the driving age to 18. Car deaths are the number one killer of teens, and as you can see here, they also kill others. The constant pressure to give licenses to kids younger and younger is just as much a push from parents as it is from teens thelmselves. There is no longer one parent at home raising kids and the tendency is to push off driving responsibilities to kids barely old enough to decide what they should eat in the morning, let alone control a 2,000 pound vehicle! 3 lives were changed forever yesterday on the Big Island.
on July 13,2012 | 05:31AM
allie wrote:
This kind of thing is happening way too much
on July 13,2012 | 06:08AM
Ripoff wrote:
The bikers ride too close to the white line here especially on akoni pole hwy....
on July 13,2012 | 07:35AM
kalekoli wrote:
The bikes have a right to be on the road. Off the shoulder is often filled with glass and gravel, which is dangerous. Motorists have a responsibility to share the road. If bikers had a useable alternative to riding so close to vehicles, they (we) would happily take it. Live aloha.
on July 13,2012 | 08:29AM
Ripoff wrote:
I don't know what is more dangerous, vehicles traveling at 55 mph or glass/gravel on the shoulder.....think about it
on July 13,2012 | 09:16AM
entrkn wrote:
Truck hits & kills bicyclist... truck hits & kills moped rider... truck hits & kills motorcyclist... truck hits & kills pedestrian in crosswalk... truck hits and kills pedestrians on sidewalk... sooo do we get rid of all the bicyclists, moped riders, motorcyclists, and pedestrians or do we get rid of all the trucks and truck drivers?
on July 13,2012 | 08:21AM
Changalang wrote:
Hawaii needs to save lives and ban cyclists from the roadway for their own good. Attitude and bravado does nothing but cause more casualties, heartbreak, and suffering. Ever hear of a bicycle vs. auto where the cyclist killed the motorists? Public safety is the responsibility of gov't and reality proves that motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists do not mix. Period. A vocal public bicycle lobby of the minority that does not educate about the dangers of riding in the roads here need to check their social conscience.
on July 13,2012 | 11:09AM
honopic wrote:
Brah, u gotta be kidding! Ban cyclists from the roadways because drivers don't have the aloha to share the road? What's next? Ban pedestrians in crosswalks, because drivers are in too big a hurry to stop for them? How about banning kupuna from crossing streets at all, since they take longer and cost drivers precious seconds before they can make right turns on red? Maybe we should just ban all vehicles and people who happen to be in your way?
on July 13,2012 | 12:37PM
Changalang wrote:
The cyclist j!hadIs cant deal with the logic of reality. Stay off the road to save your own life.
on July 13,2012 | 03:48PM
MauiWally wrote:
Gov. Abercrombie just signed a new "Vulnerable User" law that will increase the penalties for those found guilty of negligent homicide or injury to a "vulnerable user". These includes bicyclists, pedestrians, hwy workers and first responders. The article states the girl fell asleep but whether there were drugs, alcohol or other substances, we do not know. It will be interesting to see if Big Island prosecutors will charge the girl under this new law when the case comes up. Implementation of roadway edge "Rumble Strips" may have also helped the girl stay awake behind the wheel also.
on July 13,2012 | 12:24PM
Changalang wrote:
Which is why we need another law designating roadways, as paid for by motorist vehicle taxes, exclusively for motor vehicles. Increased penalties isn't worth much to another dead victim of their own poor judgement.
on July 13,2012 | 03:50PM
ph037040 wrote:
wondering if jessie worked at Kona Brewing Company. He was a real nice guy and talked about training a lot.
on July 15,2012 | 08:44AM
Montiralei wrote:
My aunt told me about an accident where a young girl driver hit a bicyclist along the Akoni Pule Hwy. Aunty had driven past the site of the accident and saw the man under a blanket while a cop stood nearby. She thought he was a homeless guy sleeping on the side of the road in cold weather, and she felt pity for him. When she got home, she spoke of what she saw and was promptly corrected.
on November 28,2012 | 09:44AM
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