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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:23 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2006

Motorcyclist killed on Big Island identified

Advertiser Staff

Joseph K. Ferreira Jr., 25, of Hawaiian Beaches was pronounced dead this morning after the miniature motorcycle he was riding on collided with a vehicle yesterday in Hawaiian Beaches on the Big Island.

Police in Puna responded to a 9:41 p.m. call yesterday that a 63-year-old Hawaiian Beaches man driving a 1997 Toyota multi-purpose vehicle failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn from Kahakai Boulevard onto Niuhi Street. The Toyota collided with Big island fatal, who was riding west on Kahakai Boulevard.

Ferreira was not wearing a helmet, police said. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 this morning.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, but speed may have been a factor.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a standard negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The accident was the 23rd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 21 at this time last year.