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On-Duty Officer Involved in Waikoloa Bicycle Fatality

March 1, 2015, 4:36 PM HST
* Updated March 1, 4:54 PM
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An on-duty police officer struck and killed a 63-year-old Michigan man early Sunday morning.

According to the Hawai’i Police Department, Jeffery C. Surnow of West Bloomfield, Mich. was riding a bicycle on Waikoloa Road near the 11-mile marker when he was struck by a vehicle being driven in the same direction. The vehicle was operated by on-duty police officer Jody Buddemeyer, 30, assigned to the South Kohala District.

HPD says that Buddemeyer reported the crash at about 6:25 a.m.

Surnow was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m. after being taken to North Kohala Community Hospital.

A negligent homicide investigation has been initiated by Traffic Enforcement Unit officers and Buddemeyer was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide.

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Buddemeyer was released later Sunday pending further investigation.

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An administration investigation will be conducted by the Office of Professional Standards, which is standard practice in an officer-involved fatality. Pending the outcome of the investigation, Buddemeyer has been placed on administrative leave.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is advised to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison at 326-4646, extension 229.

Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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