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Hilo pedestrian dies of injuries


A Hilo man died Monday of injuries sustained when a car hit him as he was crossing a street.

Theodore S. Riotutar, 60, was not in a crosswalk as he crossed Waianuenue Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. Sunday in front of Hilo Methodist Church, police said. He was hit by a 2007 Pontiac sedan driven by a 50-year-old Hilo woman.

Riotutar was under the influence of alcohol, police said. The driver is not suspected of drinking, drug use or speeding.

Rio­tutar was flown to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition. He died at 6:11 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

It was the 22nd traffic death on Hawaii island this year, compared with 25 at this time last year.

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