Hilo pedestrian killed trying to cross on Wailoa Bridge

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow )  - A 56-year-old Hilo man died Saturday from injuries he received in a pedestrian accident that happened  on February 24 on the Wailoa Bridge in Hilo.

Hilo police identified the pedestrian as Marcelino Jaquias, Jr.

Responding to a 6:58 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that Jaquias was crossing the Wailoa Bridge in a northerly direction when he was struck by a 2008 Kia van traveling west and being operated by a 47-year-old Hilo man.

Jaquias, who was not in a crosswalk was transported to the Hilo Medical Center and was later flown to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.

He was pronounced dead at 6:42 p.m. at the Queen's Medical Center.

The driver of the van and his passengers, a 43-year-old woman and 5-year-old girl were not injured.

Police do not believe that speed, alcohol or drugs were factors on part of the driver but it appears that the pedestrian had been drinking.

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