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Hilo, HI – One Dead in Motorcycle Collision at Kilauea Ave and E. Palai St

October 30, 2022

Hilo, HI (October 30, 2022) – One man is dead and another is facing multiple charges connected to a collision between two motorcycles on Friday. October 28th. 

At about 6:00 p.m. in the area of East Palai Street and Kilauea Avenue in Hilo.  

Investigators from the Hawaii Police Department’s East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit said that a motorcycle was heading southbound on Kilauea Avenue when it collided with another motorcycle as it made a lefthand turn off of East Palai Street.  

Both motorcyclists were found responsive at the scene. Paramedics took them to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition. Upon arrival, the driver of one of the motorcycles, a 59-year-old man from Hilo, was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead a short while later. 

The driver of the other motorcycle, a 51-year-old male, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, first-degree negligent homicide, prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia, third-degree promoting a dangerous drug, no motor vehicle insurance, driving while license suspended or revoked, and possessing or consuming liquor while operating a vehicle. He remains hospitalized at this time. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Motorcycle Fatalities in Hawaii

Hilo, HI - One Dead in Motorcycle Collision at Kīlauea Ave and E. Palai St

Motorcyclists are always in danger of being hit by another driver. They also have to worry about common road hazards, such as slick roadways, cracks, and potholes.

If they obey all safety protocols laid out by the state, like wearing an approved helmet and appropriate protective gear, riders still have almost no defense against the impact of a car. This is why motorcyclists are far more vulnerable to being seriously injured or killed during a collision with another vehicle. 

Although there is no one common kind of motorcycle accident, the feature they all share is that they are usually violent and the injuries catastrophic. More than 80% of motorcycle accidents nationwide result in injury or death to the rider.

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in 2017, roughly 25 motorcyclists are killed each year in Hawaii crashes, and hundreds more are left badly injured. 

If the at-fault driver offers you a seemingly generous settlement, do not accept it. Don’t agree to anything until an experienced lawyer reviews the facts of your case. 

Our Honolulu motorcycle accident lawyers can effectively calculate whether or not the settlement amount is really as generous as it seems and press for more if it isn’t. If the negligent driver still refuses to pay you what you deserve, we will take your case to trial.

If you or a member of your family was injured or killed in a negligence-based motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for damages for your hospital bills, lost earnings, pain, suffering, and other losses. You need proactive legal representation and an attorney who can help you exercise your rights.

Hire a Hilo motorcycle accident lawyer from Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner to represent you. Let us handle the onslaught of legal work, communication with insurers, and other logistical problems. 

Contact our Honolulu law offices right away to find out what legal avenues are open to you. Call (808) 537-2525 to schedule a no-obligation review of your potential injury claim  

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. 

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