Driver in fatal Pahoa hit-and-run charged

Driver in fatal Pahoa hit-and-run charged
(Image: Family)
(Image: Family)

PAHOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have charged a 28-year-old woman in connection with a traffic fatality in Puna last week.

Gaelynn Kahee was charged with third-degree negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a license.

Her bail was set a $6,000, and she was released from police custody after posting bail.

Killed in the crash was motorcyclist Ernest Jackson, 39, of Pahoa.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon just before 3 p.m., and the driver of a white pickup truck was arrested several hours later after turning herself in.

Authorities say Kahee struck the motorcyclist along a stretch of Highway 130 near Pahoa High School before fleeing the area.

Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials said Jackson was not wearing a helmet. They do not believe that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Kahee and her 25-year-old male passenger were not injured.

At least one Hilo-bound lane of Highway 130 was closed while police investigated.

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