A 39-year-old Pahoa man who died in a two-vehicle crash on Hawaii island has been identified as Ernest Jackson.
Shortly after 2:50 p.m. Thursday, police said a 1991 Nissan pickup truck operated by a 28-year-old Pahoa woman was traveling toward Pahoa town on Highway 132 with a 25-year-old male passenger.
Maj. Sam Thomas of the Hawaii Police Department said the truck executed a right turn onto Highway 130, darted ahead of a 1996 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Jackson and “cut him off.”
Jackson braked suddenly and struck the pickup truck in front of him.
Police said the truck fled the scene.
Jackson was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:56 p.m.
Police said the Nissan pickup truck driver turned herself in at the Pahoa Police Station Thursday where she was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide in the second degree, leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious bodily injury and driving without a license.
This is the 24th traffic-related fatality on the Big Island compared to 15 at the same time last year.
Anyone with information on the fatal crash is asked to call police officer Keith Nacis at 961-2339 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.