A 26-year-old Hilo man died Sunday from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision on the Kea'au-Pahoa Road (Route 130) between the 3- and 4-mile markers in Kea'au, according to Big Island police.
He has been identified as Matthew S. Therrien.
Responding to a 4:31 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the Hilo man was operating a 2010 Subaru multi-purpose vehicle and traveling west on the Kea'au-Pahoa Road when he overtook another vehicle and collided with a 2004 Ford F-350 pickup truck traveling east.
The driver of the Ford pickup truck, a 52-year-old Kea'au man, was transported to Hilo Medical Center with minor injuries. He was also arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and was released pending investigation.
Police are also investigating whether the driver who died may have been intoxicated and speeding.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
The name of the Hilo man is being withheld pending positive identification.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.
This is the fourth traffic fatality on Hawai'i Island this year compared with 11 at this time last year.