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UPDATE: Negligent Homicide Case Opened in Ocean View Fatality

October 27, 2014, 1:32 PM HST
* Updated October 27, 4:43 PM
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***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.

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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.

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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.

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