Man identified in fatal Hilo crash

A Hilo man who died Sunday night at Hilo Medical Center from injuries he received in a motorcycle crash has been identified.

According to officials, 55-year-old Earl M. Arakaki was driving a Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kinoʻole Street when a 67-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona driving a Honda four-door sedan and traveling south on Kinoʻole Street failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn in front of Arakaki.

Police say Arakaki was not wearing a helmet. Fire Department rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he died.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have reclassified a negligent injury case to a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

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