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Man Involved in Two-Vehicle Crash Dies

April 18, 2016, 2:40 PM HST
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badgeA man involved in a two-vehicle crash last Tuesday at the intersection of Kilauea Avenue and Kawailani Street in Hilo has died from injuries sustained in the incident.

The Hawai’i Police Department on Tuesday identified the 29-year-old as Ryan W. Devaney of Pahoa.

South Hilo patrol officers who responded to the 4:51 a.m. call, along with Traffic Enforcement Unit officers, determined that Devaney was operating a 2001 Lincoln four-door sedan and was traveling west of Kawailani Street when he ran a red light and was struck by a 2014 Peterbilt rubbish truck traveling south on Kilauea Avenue. The rubbish truck was being operated by a 35-year-old Pahoa man.

Devaney was taken to Hilo Medical Center and later flown in critical condition to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where he died at 6:31 p.m.

Police say the driver did not obtain any injuries in the crash.


Alcohol, drugs, and speed are not believed to be factors in the crash.


A negligent homicide investigation was initiated by HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Unit and an autopsy was ordered to determine Devaney’s exact cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding the crash should call Officer Ketih Nacis at 961-8119 directly or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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