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Police identify Big Island utility worker killed

Hawaii island police have identified the utility worker who died Wednesday while replacing a pole in Paauilo as 52-year-old Lyle Kaaihili of Waikoloa. 

According to police, Kaaihili was part of a crew replacing a utility pole on the shoulder of Highway 19, near the 35-mile marker.

Witnesses said that as a boom truck was positioning the pole, the boom collapsed and the pole fell onto Kaaihili.

Kaaihili was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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