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Man, 25, dies after tractor falls off cliff in Hilo

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:58 p.m. HST, Feb 19, 2014

A Puna man died Wednesday after the tractor he was operating fell off of a cliff and into a stream, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Police responded to a property on Mailekea Road in Hilo shortly after 11:26 a.m.

Jose Luiz Hernandez-Miranda, 25, of Keaau was operating a Ford tractor on a farm when he got too close to the edge of a 12-foot cliff above a stream and fell in along with the vehicle, Hawaii Police officials said. 

He was taken to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition and died at 12:38 p.m.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.

According to Hawaii Police, the death is not included in the department's official fatality count because it happened on private property.

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