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Driver charged in death of cyclist on Hawaii island

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:11 a.m. HST, Sep 30, 2013


Hawaii County police have charged the driver of a pickup truck they say hit and killed a bicyclist Friday in Puna. 

Police this morning charged 27-year-old Siaku L. Aholelei of Mountain View with first-degree negligent homicide and first-degree manslaughter. He was being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $275,000 bail, pending his initial court hearing scheduled for Monday. 

At 11:56 a.m. Friday, police said, Aholelei was speeding south on Highway 11 near the 8-mile marker in Keaau when he lost control, crossed the grass median and struck a bicycle traveling north on the shoulder of the road. 

The bicyclist, 66-year-old Cenon Tranquilino A. Visaya of Keaau, died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.







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BreadMan wrote:
The south bound side of the highway narrows from two lanes to one right where this idiot killed the guy...people regularly speed to cut off other drivers as they seek to beat others to the lead going into the single lane. With 17 previous criminal convictions, several of which are traffic/driving related, I say we slam the door for good on this one.
on September 29,2013 | 06:06PM
eoe wrote:
Don't worry, Siaku, the life of cyclists aren't worth anything here or anywhere else in the US. You won't do any time, probably your charges will be reduced to a misdemeanor. After all, it was "an accident."
on September 29,2013 | 07:15PM
aomohoa wrote:
I see no remorse in those empty pathetic eyes. We can only that that Karma takes care of him.
on September 29,2013 | 07:34PM
harley1 wrote:
must have been going pretty fast to take out someone on the opposite side of the roadway.
on September 29,2013 | 08:02PM
paniolo wrote:
A female witness said on one of the news that he appeared to be racing with another vehicle before he crossed the median and struck Mr. Visaya. My ALOHA to the Visaya ohana.
on September 30,2013 | 08:00AM
HiloBilly wrote:
If you're going south on Hwy 11, you're actually going uphill on your way to the volcano; to lose control & cross over the median strip is really something. Well, bruddah's got a lot to think about, I just hope the legal system doesn't go soft on him, especially w/ all of his priors. We really need to get serious about these 'incidents.' As it is, for instance, the guy who ran the van off the road near Honokaa last year that Visaya's wife was riding in, in which she died, is still free & hasn't been charged. Kinda long investigation...
on September 29,2013 | 08:30PM
Eradication wrote:
I think the autopsy report will reveal that this innocent man was killed by a reckless piece of garbage. How sad for this family to have suffered so much over the past year. Much aloha to the entire family.
on September 29,2013 | 09:08PM
DanLBoom wrote:
Welcome to the big island.... Erratic driving is the norm .You see these guys (and Yes!! moms too with their children ) every day on the road. Tailgating ,speeding, passing on the shoulder lane.Unnecessary lane changing. There are a lot of idiots on the road and need to learn the proper edicate of driving. Negligent Homicide.. is unacceptable.Laws must change.Imua
on September 30,2013 | 08:09AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Sad. I heard that Mr. Visaya's wife was killed last year about this time when another negligent driver rammed the van she and a number of others were riding in. Prayers for the Visayan family.
on September 30,2013 | 08:20AM
Slow wrote:
We moved from Oahu and love Hawaii. All the bad things we heard about (rain, mosquitoes, mold, angry mokes, the "wild west of Puna, etc.) were much less than anticipated. But Hawaii drivers are bad. I don't see much speeding (like Maui and Oahu) or aggro attitude. Mostly it is left turns right through oncoming traffic with a couple more tailgating the first guy, not stopping at stop signs or red lights, emerging from side streets and clipping the only car for hundreds of yards. I have heard all my life how bad the drivers are in (fill in the blank). For the first time I can say that the drivers on the island of Hawaii are bad. Driver's ed still given? Maybe should be mandatory for the clowns who have not learned simple basics of right of way, merging, and stopping. There is no lack of aloha, just an abundance of ignorance.
on September 30,2013 | 08:27AM
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