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Cyclist Hit, Killed in Hilo Crash

November 7, 2019, 8:44 AM HST
* Updated November 7, 6:13 PM
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A 66-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide after fatally striking a bicyclist with his vehicle Wednesday evening on Kaumana Drive near the intersection of Wili Wili Street in Hilo.

Hawai‘i County Police responded to the call at 9:04 p.m. Officers determined that a 2008 Dodge pickup truck had been traveling west on Kaumana Drive within the two way center median turn lane below the Wili Wili Street intersection when it collided with 40-year-old cyclist Wayne W. Geil, who was traveling east on Kaumana Drive, also within the two way center median turn lane.

Police issued a text alert at 9:36 p.m. indicating Kaumana Drive was closed in both directions due to an “accident.” The road didn’t reopen until nearly 5:30 a.m.

Geil, of Hilo, was transported to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:28 p.m.

The operator of the pickup truck, also of Hilo, was not injured in the crash and was arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants along with first-degree negligent homicide. He is currently being held at the Hilo Cellblock pending continued investigation.

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An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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The Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Officer Clifford Antonio at 808-961-2339.

This is the 17th traffic fatality this year compared to 24 at this same time last year.

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