Car kills man who was lying on road


A 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man is dead after being run over by a car on Sunday morning.

According to police, at about 2:53 a.m., a 2004 Mercedes-Benz was traveling south on Highway 11 near the junction of Puuloa Road in Kailua-Kona when it ran over a man who was lying across the southbound lane. The victim, Richard Penrose of Kailua-Kona, died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The driver, 39-year-old Christian S. Yamagata of Kealakekua, was not injured. He was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and drunken driving and released pending further investigation.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the collision call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

Penrose’s death is the 23rd official traffic fatality this year compared to 30 at this time last year.

 

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