Man dies on Highway 11


A 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Sunday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian collision, police said this morning.

Richard Penrose was lying across the southbound lane of Highway 11, near the Puuloa Road junction, when a southbound 2004 Mercedes-Benz ran over him. Christian S. Yamagata, 39, of Kealakekua, who was driving the car, was not injured. He was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and released pending further investigation.

Police requested an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Penrose’s death.

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

This is the 23rd fatality this year compared with 30 at this time last year.