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Hawai‘i Island police ID victim in downtown Hilo death investigation

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Hawai‘i Island police have identified the victim who died last week following an incident at the Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal in downtown Hilo as 34-year-old Jimmy Kaneala Clifford Carmichael of Hilo.
On the morning of Jan. 19, an autopsy was performed and the forensic pathologist ruled that Carmichael had no serious skull or brain injuries as a result of the assault; however, there was evidence of an acute cardiac event prior to his death. The cause and manner of death is pending standard toxicology testing.   
The death of Carmichael stems from an incident reported on the evening of Jan. 16, shortly after 5:40 p.m., when Hilo patrol officers and Hawai‘i Fire Department personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive male fronting the Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal. The man had reportedly been assaulted several minutes earlier.
Responding officers immediately began CPR on Carmichael until medics arrived and took over, and subsequently transported him via ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room, where he pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m.
Area I Criminal Investigation Division personnel responded to the scene, as well as to Hilo Medical Center to continue this investigation.
Numerous witnesses were interviewed at the scene and reported that a short time earlier, Carmichael was involved in an altercation with a 34-year-old female acquaintance near the homeless encampment along the fence line separating the Mo‘oheau parking lot and Bayfront Highway.

Following the altercation, Carmichael was reportedly involved in a physical fight with several men. Carmichael then reportedly retrieved some of his belongings from a tent and rode away on his skateboard towards the front of the bus terminal, where he sat on a bench. Shortly afterwards he was seen falling forward and hitting his head on the ground.
Police detectives reviewed area video surveillance and are working on interviewing individuals who were involved in the altercation with Carmichael.
At this time, there have been no arrests in this case.  
Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has information relative to this case to call Detective Kimo Keliipaakaua of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 808-961-2375 or email [email protected], or the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311.


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