Hilo, HI – Big Island Police Investigate Pedestrian Death on Pūʻainakō Street Extension
August 25, 2022
Hilo, HI (August 24, 2022) – Big Island police were called to the scene after an early-morning accident in Hilo left one person dead on Wednesday, August 24th.
At about 6:20 a.m., officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to reports of an adult male being fatally struck by a vehicle on the Pūʻainakō Street extension.
An investigation determined that the man had pulled over in his commercial flatbed delivery truck to better secure his freight when he was struck by a vehicle.
The victim, believed to be in his 50s, was taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center. He was pronounced dead a short while later. His identity has not been released.
Another vehicle occupied by two men was seen by eyewitnesses at the time of the incident. Police are working to determine if they were involved.
This investigation is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Wrongful Death Suits in Hawaii
As a civil claim, a wrongful death action focuses on adjudicating whether or not the defendant is answerable for the damages sustained by the victim and their surviving relatives. Similar to other kinds of civil injury cases, families who file a wrongful death suit will have to prove that the defendant is responsible for the death of their loved one through negligence or, according to liability laws, is otherwise accountable.
For instance, a person could be found liable for wrongful death if:
- Their negligence caused the victim’s death, as in a fatal car crash
- They were a physician, nurse, or other health care provider who committed medical malpractice by failing to meet the standard of care when treating the victim
- They were a designer, manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or other commercial entity liable for a dangerous or defective product
- They were the owner of a property that had an unaddressed danger that led to a guest’s death
- Knowingly and willingly committed assault or murder
A wrongful death action is a civil claim. This means they are handled in civil courts and are separate from any criminal case that involves the defendant.
At the law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our experienced team is dedicated to providing prudent and personalized legal services to wrongful death victims and their grieving families.
A sympathetic attorney from our law firm can give you the tenacious legal representation you need after experiencing the sudden loss of someone you love. If the death was caused by a driver under the influence, elder abuse, a loose handrail in a stairwell, a faulty smoke alarm, or any other wrongful or negligent act, taking swift legal action will ensure that your lawyer has ample time to investigate the events surrounding the death and build a strong case.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.