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Man identified in North Kohala fatal bicycle crash

Jessie Taylor Jessie Taylor

Big Island authorities have identified the man killed in a crash on Akoni Pule highway Thursday.

Police say Jessie Taylor, 52, was riding his bike when he was hit from behind by a Nissan truck. Taylor was part of a cycling group that was doing a four-day ride around the island.

A longtime friend of the Kailua-Kona man says he was riding a couple miles in front of Taylor when he heard about the fatal accident.

"The interesting thing was that recently he said, 'If I ever have to die, I want to die riding,'" said Franz Weber, who was riding down to Hawi when the accident happened. "It was his passion. It was the perfect way to go."

Police say the driver of the truck was a 16-year-old girl, who was driving with her mother. Hawaii News Now has learned she was driving with a learner's permit.

The teenager told police she fell asleep at the wheel, but the crash is under investigation.

Friends of Taylor say they are planning a memorial ride in his honor.

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