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Mt. View Man Dead After Rear-Ending Vehicle

Posted April 6, 2012, 02:15 PM HST
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Big Island police said a 28-year-old man died early Friday after his pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle on Highway 11 in Mountain View.

Police said Waimoku T. Lum Ho of Mountain View was speeding when his 1999 Chevrolet pickup ran into the rear of a 2009 Dodge Ram flatbed truck heading in the Volcano direction. The crash occurred near the 13.5-mile marker shortly before 1:30 a.m.

Lum Ho, who police said was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m.

Fire Department personnel arriving at the scene at 1:30 a.m. found a police officer performing chest compressions on Lum Ho. The Jaws of Life were required to remove him from his vehicle, a Fire Department statement said.

The flatbed was found further up the highway. Police said its driver, a 39-year-old Volcano man, was not injured.

Police said it was not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Officer Paul Kin at 961-2232.

The fatality was the ninth on public roadways so far in 2012 compared to six at this time last year.

 

 

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