HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 61-year-old woman from Oregon died Thursday from injuries she received in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash Wednesday in Pahoa, according to Big Island Police.
Puna patrol officers responded to a 9:57 p.m. call May 18, where 52-year-old Pahoa man, Fidel Jeronimo Bautista Jr., had been driving a 1994 Toyota four-door sedan traveling west on Route 130 when he made a left turn onto Ainaloa Boulevard, failing to yield the right of way, and collided with a 1997 Honda motorcycle traveling east.
Bautista was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, negligent injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, no operator's license and no insurance.
The motorcycle operator, a 55-year-old man from New Jersey and the female victim were ejected from the motorcycle. They were not wearing helmets.
Fire Rescue personnel took both of them to Hilo Medical Center.
The man was in serious condition and had undergone surgery.
The woman was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. Thursday.
The driver of the Toyota and his two female passengers, ages 45 and 23, were treated for minor injuries and released.
Police believe that alcohol was a factor in this crash.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.
Bautistais being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.
This is the 9th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 10 at this time last year.
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