Bail reduced for Big Island man accused of killing cyclist
Wearing a hospital gown and shackles, Siaku Aholelei stood in a Hilo courtroom Monday afternoon. The 27-year old Mountain View man is accused of negligent homicide and manslaughter for a crash last Friday that killed a Kea'au bicyclist.
66-year old Cenon Visaya was riding his bike to pick eggplant when he was hit by the pickup truck.
Hilo police say Aholelei was speeding south on Highway 11 just before noon when he lost control of the truck and slammed into Visaya who was riding on the shoulder.
Visaya's wife, Josefina Visaya was also killed in a traffic accident last year on Mamalahoa Highway. Visaya was a landscaper who was returning from a job with other employees of Puna Certified Nursery when the van they were in was hit by a suspected drunk driver.
That driver was never charged. The crash is still under investigation.
Fred Visaya, the son of Cenon and Josefina, says it is difficult. They were still mourning their mother, now they are having to bury their father.
Prosecutor Mitch Roth says a problem with the paperwork on the manslaughter charge was the reason Aholelei's bail was reduced from $275,000 to $25,000. It will be complete tomorrow morning and Roth expects the bail to go back up.