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Bicyclist dies, hit by truck on Highway 19 near Hilo

By Star-Advertier staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:30 a.m. HST, Jan 19, 2014

A 58-year-old bicyclist died Saturday morning after he was struck by a semi-truck near Hilo, Hawaii County police said.

The crash happened about 8:45 a.m. on Mamalahoa Highway between Hau Lane and Pukihae Street, just north of Hilo.

Witnesses reported the cyclist hit the sidewalk curb and fell over, then was struck by the truck, said Sgt. Christopher Gali of the police department's Traffic Enforcement Unit. The cyclist and truck were both traveling toward Hilo.

The cyclist died at the scene. The truck's driver, a 66-year-old Hilo man, was not hurt.

Police opened a first-degree negligent homicide investigation.

Police closed Mamalahoa Highway in both directions for about four hours while they investigated the accident scene.

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SueH wrote:
Negligent homicide?? If the bicyclist hit the curb on his own, then fell over into the path of the truck, how can the truck driver be considered negligent?
on January 18,2014 | 05:14PM
FrankieT wrote:
I think they have to set the investigation. I am sure the driver will be cleared of this afterwards. It is just procedure.
on January 18,2014 | 05:56PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yes, an "accident", though from the video it seems like the bicyclist was too intimidated to take the lane and was essentially riding in the gutter--even though that lead to him striking the curb which led to his death. Hopefully when this bridge is replaced, the government will consider widening it so there's no choke point.
on January 19,2014 | 10:15PM
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