A 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Sunday morning in a vehicle–pedestrian collision, according to Big Island police.
About 2:53 a.m., a 2004 Mercedes-Benz was traveling south on Highway 11 near the junction with Pu'uloa Road in Kailua-Kona when it ran over a man who was lying across the southbound lane. The man, Richard Penrose of Kailua-Kona, died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The driver, 39-year-old Christian S. Yamagata of Kealakekua, was not injured. He was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and release pending further investigation.
Police ask that anyone who witnessed the collision call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.
This is the 23rd fatality this year compared with 30 at this time last year.