Police determine traffic death a suicide

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have completed a negligent homicide investigation into the Dec. 13 motor vehicle/pedestrian collision on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in the Hamakua District.
On that day, a 54-year-old Hilo man was operating a 2009 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer and traveling west on Route 19 when the tractor-trailer struck a 39-year-old Honokaa man, who stepped out into the roadway and died from his injuries.
After conducting an autopsy, the pathologist concluded that the manner of death was suicide. As a result, the traffic fatality count for 2010 has been reduced from 28 to 27.

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