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Mountain View man charged in Puna bicyclist death case

Published On: Sep 30 2013 07:15:44 AM HST
Updated On: Sep 30 2013 06:51:02 PM HST

The man charged in connection with a deadly bicycle accident in Puna made his first court appearance Monday.

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have charged the driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal vehicle-bicycle crash Friday in Puna.

At 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police charged 27-year-old Siaku L. Aholelei of Mountain View with first-degree negligent homicide and first-degree manslaughter.  He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $275,000 bail pending his initial court hearing scheduled for Monday.

At 11:56 a.m. Friday, Aholelei was was traveling south at a high rate of speed on Highway 11 near the 8-mile marker in Kea'au when he lost control, crossed the grassy median and struck a bicycle traveling north on the shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist, 66-year-old Cenon Tranquilino A. Visaya of Kea'au, died at the scene.

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