Hilo Man on Moped Killed in Downtown Hit and Run Crash

updated June 1, 2011

A 22-year-old Hilo man was killed Saturday (May 28) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/moped crash at the intersection of Kino’ole Street and Hualālai Street in Hilo.

The victim was identified as Theodore V. Braxton of Hilo.

Braxton was from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and a student at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

Responding to a 9:59 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that a 41-year-old Hilo man was operating a 2007 Ford van and traveling south on Kino’ole Street when he made a left turn onto Hualālai Street failing to yield the right of way and struck a moped traveling north.

The van dragged the victim and the moped east on Hualālai Street at which time the moped operator was dislodged from the van at the intersection of Huaālai Road and Mauna Kea Street.

The van driver fled the scene with the moped still underneath the vehicle to an apartment building on Banyan Drive.

Fire Rescue personnel took the moped operator to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:41 p.m.

The moped operator was not wearing a helmet.

Police traffic investigators have charged Keolaokalani W. Kailianu, 41, of Hilo, with negligent homicide in the first degree, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and accident involving death or serious injury stemming from the crash.

Bail for Kailianu totaled $10,500. He was unable to post bail and remains confined at the Hilo police cellblock.

This is the 10th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 14 at the same time last year.

–Hawai’i Police Department

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