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Bicyclist Dead in Traffic Collision With Impaired Driver

April 11, 2012, 4:09 PM HST
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An unidentified 20-year-old man was killed Wednesday when a 40-year-old woman driving a Toyota Tacoma struck him while he was riding his bicycle.

The driver, Alison E. Taylor of Volcano, was driving south on Kino’ole Street in Hilo when she struck the bicyclist, who was riding in the same direction. The Tacoma then lost control and ran into a utility pole, severely damaging it. Taylor then attempted to flee the scene, but she would be flagged down by an off-duty police officer on Palai Street.

Taylor was arrested for multiple offenses, including suspicion of negligent homicide, an accident involving death or serious injury, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to render aid, and driving with a suspended license. She is currently being held at the Hilo police cellblock while the investigation continues into the incident.

The victim was pronounced dead at the Hilo Medical Center at 8:16 a.m. His name has not been released as authorities are still working on getting a positive identification on the body. An autopsy has been ordered to help understand exactly why the bicyclist died.

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