A 17-year-old Paauilo boy died Friday from injuries he received after he was hit by a semi tractor-trailer at the intersection of Mamalahoa Highway and Paauilo Makai Road in the Hamakua District, according to Big Island police.
The victim was identified as John DeLuz, of a Paauilo address.
Responding to a 5:32 p.m. call, Hamakua patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that the victim had exited a Hele-On bus that was stopped on the mauka side of the road, ran in front of the bus and ran out into the highway. He was struck by a 1988 International semi tractor-trailer that was traveling east on Mamalahoa Highway.
The driver of the semi tractor trailer, a 22-year-old Kamuela man, was not injured.
Fire Rescue personnel medevaced the victim to the North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol or speed was a factor in this crash.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide case and have ordered and autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Clarence Davies at 961-8118.
This is the 27th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 15 at the same time last year.