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Driver gets 10 years in Big Island fatal crash

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    This Sept. 2013 mugshot shows Siaku Lucky Aholelei.
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HILO >> A Big Island driver will serve 10 years in prison for striking and killing a bicyclist.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports 28-year-old Siaiku Lucky Aholelei was sentenced Monday by Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura.

In July, Aholelei pleaded no contest to negligent homicide. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop a manslaughter charge in the Sept. 27, 2013, death of 66-year-old Cenon Visaya on Route 11 near the Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii campus.

Two eyewitnesses said they saw Aholelei’s pickup cross the median, two lanes of oncoming traffic and hit Visaya, who was riding his bike on the highway shoulder. One witness said it appeared Aholelei had been playing tag with a woman driving another pickup.

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