Big Island police said a 30-year-old man died Monday after a tree fell on him while he was helping to clear a vacant lot in Puna.
The victim has been identified as Methodius Suda of Hilo.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday, Puna patrol officers responded to 15th Ave off Makuu Street in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision and learned that Suda had been helping cut down trees on a relative?s lot.
As he was cutting an Albizia tree, he was struck in the head by a falling ohia tree and knocked unconscious.
The 30 to 40 foot ohia tree, about eight to 10 inches in diameter, had already been cut and was leaning against the Albizia tree before it fell on Suda.
Fire Department personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m.
An autopsy was conducted Tuesday. Preliminary results were not immediately available.
Police do not suspect foul play.