UPDATE: Hilo Man Dead After Vehicle Accident on Keaʻau Bypass
Update: May 24, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.
Hawaiʻi Police have identified 71- year-old Ulysses Guillermo of Hilo as the man who died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash Monday, May 22, on Highway 11, merging from the Keaʻau bypass (Highway 130) in Keaʻau.
Known as Kuya Gino to family members in the Philippines, they say he was a very good man with a very good heart. “He loved Filipino children and helping them to send in school,” said Jude Vince Dolandolan Cariño, a relative of Guillermo. “Every time he comes here, he makes sure everyone is happy. To return the generosity, we always prepared his favorite Filipino food; fried galunggong fish, and gatang pusit, that is squid cooked in coconut grate.”
“Now, that he is gone, our hearts break. It is so very painful because we cannot do anything because we are so far, all we can do is to pray and wish his soul to rest in peace. Please, comfort our sister which is his wife, to stay strong to overcome this difficult time,” she added.
Guillermo planned to visit the Philippines again in July.
Update: May 22, 2017 at 2:48 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Police have determined that a 1998 Toyota truck was traveling Hilo bound and merging from the Keaʻau bypass (Highway 130) onto Highway 11 when the driver lost control and ran up an embankment and overturned.
The man died on the scene and was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:02 a.m.
His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Keith Nacis at 961-8119. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.
This is the 16th traffic fatality this year compared with 10 at this time last year.
Hawaiʻi Fire Department responded to a call this morning, Monday, May 22, 2017 around 8 a.m. of an unresponsive man found in a flipped vehicle on Highway 11 at the Keaʻau Bypass.
Fire officials arrived on the scene at 8:06 a.m. and found the man on the driver’s side of the vehicle being partially pinned by the vehicle. The fire report says the male had a weak pulse and was not breathing.
Fire officials reported that the man had a massive head injury and that fire personnel utilized extrication and stabilization tools to safely extricate the man. However, after extrication, the male was examined with no signs of life.
Hawaiʻi Police and the Highway Division are on scene for clean up and traffic control.
More details will be provided when they become available.