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Man dies after being struck by truck on Puna highway

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:22 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2013

A man was killed early this morning in Puna when he was struck by a truck while walking on Highway 11 near Glenwood.

Hawaii County police said the accident occurred at 3:06 a.m. on Highway 11 in the area of the 18-mile marker.

The pedestrian was struck by a 55-year-old man driving a 2013 Toyota pick-up truck. The vehicle was traveling south on Highway 11 when it struck the pedestrian who was walking on the road. 

The pedestrian was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he later died at 4:28 a.m. 

The driver of the truck was not injured. 

The pedestrian had no identification and police are asking the public’s help for identification. 

The victim is described as being a Caucasian male, late 20’s to early 30’s in age, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 180 pounds, with long black hair, beard and mustache. 

Police do not suspect that speed, alcohol or drugs were involved. 

Police have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

Anyone with information is asked to call officer Tuckloy Aurello at (808) 961-8119 or the police non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311. 

This is Hawaii County’s 12th traffic fatality this year compared to 11 at the same time last year. 

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