Police have identified the man who died from injuries sustained in a vehicle and bicycle crash Wednesday, (December 6), on Highway 19 near Hau Lane in the Hilo District.

He was identified as 70-year-old Jerry Lee Wiseman of Pepeʻekeo.

This was the 31st traffic fatality this year compared with 30 at the same time last year.

Police are also asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Keith Nacis at (808) 961-2339 or email:[email protected]. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

 


Late Thursday afternoon (December 7), after conferring with the Hilo Prosecutors Office, the driver of the 2018 Nissan sedan involved in Wednesday’s traffic fatality, 26 year-old Dylen Benevides, was released from police custody pending further investigation. He was initially arrested for Negligent Homicide.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash, or witnessed any bicyclists in the area of Highway 19 on Wednesday morning (December 6) before 6:00 a.m., to call Officer Keith Nacis at 961-2339.

 


An unidentified adult male died following a vehicle and bicycle crash on Wednesday morning (December 6) in Hilo.

His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Responding to a 5:54 a.m. call, police determined that a 2018 Nissan sedan was traveling northbound on Highway 19 near Hau Lane when it struck a bicyclist who was traveling northbound on the shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:32 a.m.

The driver of the Nissan sedan, 26 year-old Dylen Benevides of Hilo, was transported by medics to the Hilo Medical Center in stable condition for treatment of his injuries and was later released from the Hilo Medical Center.  He was then arrested on suspicion of Negligent Homicide while the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit continues this investigation.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police believe that speed was a factor in this crash and it is unknown if intoxication was a factor.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Keith Nacis at 961-2339. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 32nd traffic fatality this year compared with 30 at this time last year.