Man killed in Puna crash identified

GLENWOOD, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii island police have identified the man who died in a Tuesday night crash in Puna as 59-year-old Malcolm G. Nelson of Volcano.

Around 9:45 PM an officer was conducting a traffic stop along Highway 11 when a passing vehicle stopped to inform the officer that a man was laying on the side of the road with his head on the white shoulder line of the roadway.

The officer drove to the area where the man was reported down with his lights flashing. As the police officer approached the scene with his blue lights flashing, a vehicle driven by a 62-year-old Mountain View woman pulled off on the shoulder of the highway, striking Nelson.

Nelson was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:30 AM Wednesday. Police said that he appeared to have been drinking. Police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors with regard to the driver of the car.

A negligent homicide investigation has been launched and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that the occupants of the Jeep or any other witnesses call Officer Robert Pauole at 961-8119 or the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.