UPDATE: Negligent Homicide Case Opened in Ocean View Fatality
***Updated at 4:45 p.m. The Hawai’i Police Department has issued a correction to a portion of its release.***
The Hawai’i Police Department says that the death of 41-year-old Michael J. Anderson of Ocean View does not count as a traffic fatality,
HPD initially stated in its original release that Anderson was the 11th traffic death on Big Island roads. However, at 4:20 p.m., a correction was made, saying that because Anderson died on a private subdivision, it did not count as a traffic fatality.
***Original story posted at 1:32 p.m.***
The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating the death of 41-year-old Michael J. Anderson of Ocean View after he was ejected from the bed of a truck near Paradise Parkway.
HPD says that on Saturday morning, Anderson was standing in the bed of a Toyota pickup truck, driven by 45-year-old Adrian Leopoldo Yurong, also of Ocean View. Authorities allege that the driver failed to stop at a stop sign near the intersection at Paradise Parkway. The truck took a sharp left turn into a gravel lot, forcing Anderson out of the vehicle. He was found unresponsive on the road in the eastbound lane of Waiaka Drive.
Anderson was initially taken to Kona Community Hospital. He was eventually transferred to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he died on Sunday at 9:38 a.m.
Yurong was arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent injury and driving without insurance. He has since been released while the investigation, which is classified by the Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit as a negligent homicide case, continues.
Anderson’s death is the 11th on Big Island roads this year.