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A story in the Honolulu Advertiser confirms that a 36 year old man and his 7 year old son died Sunday night crash in Pahoa on the Big Island. Police officers from Puna identified the two people killed at about 7 p.m. at the intersection of Route 130 and Ainaloa Boulevard in Pahoa as 36-year-old Thomas G. Reimer and his son, 7-year-old Thomas G. Reimer Jr.

The call came in at 7:33 p.m. and Puna patrol officers and traffic investigators found that a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle had collided with a 1999 Mazda four-door sedan as the motorcycle was traveling south on Route 130. A 21-year-old Pahoa man was driving the Mazda traveling north. The Mazda made a left turn onto Ainaloa Boulevard colliding with the motorcycle. The father and son were both wearing helmets. They were transported to the Hilo Medical Center where they were pronounced dead at 11:33 p.m., police said. According to the news report:

The 21-year-old Pahoa man driving the car was identified as Bobby K. Jimenez. He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of negligent homicide, promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree and no-no fault insurance, police said. He is being held at the East Hawaii Detention Center pending further investigation.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs are involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have requested autopsies to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information on the crash call Officer Michael Molnar at 961-2293.

The deaths on Sunday were 10th and 11th traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year compared with 11 at the same time last year. And the Big Island fatality list is only the tip of the iceberg. I have written far too many times about motorcycle accidents this year on all of the Islands.

Automobile, Motorcycle and Pedestrian Deaths On Oahu Continue to Rise

Many attribute the increase to inexperienced motorcycle riders but that cannot explain everything we are seeing. Others note that motorists sometimes do not "see" motorcycles. But that cannot explain the number of fatal crashes or serious injury accidents. One thing for sure is that numbers are too high.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Reimer family and I am sure that the young man in the Mazda is devastated by the collision and loss of life. I am investigating all of these motorcycle and pedestrian injury accidents and so if you have information on this or other incidents – or just have an opinion on how to reduce these tragic incidents – please let me know. As an Hawaii attorney who handles these cases I hope no one else faces such a tragedy.


  1. Gravatar for Melisa

    It really saddens me to hear about lives lost on a daily basis. It seems as though every day there are several pedestrian accidents, auto accidents and motorcycle accidents. We should all slow down and pay close attention when driving. My condolences to the Reimer family.

  2. Gravatar for tiffany troches
    tiffany troches

    mr. reimer was a very nice guy. when i heard that it was him i freaked out. i just seen him a few weeks ago at my cousin's house. my cousin lives direcly across from him. i even have pic. of him on my camera from christmas.. when we drove pass the scene i didnt know what to say all i said was god please bless this familys heart and soul. may they rest in peace with love tiffany ( jonherbs cousin). and to his wife hang in there girl it will get better!!!! take care and god bless!!!! may god be with you!!

  3. Gravatar for becka

    I too am sorry for the family and send my condolences. But what about the man who the cyclist hit. I don't think he had a notion something like that would happen in a million years. What upsets me is Bobby is a good kid. I've known him all his life, hi is very humble and soft spoken, very respectful and much consideration for everyone. He is no trouble maker nor a troubled child. It is being reported that this child was arrested, why? Detrimental drug, is that marijuana. Marijuana does not make people violent it doesn't deter your mind or memory. I feel so sad for this child cause how the report is written it sounds as though you are assuming he got hit on purpose He has graduated from high school and attending EMT school to become a life saver him self. Now do you think a person with saving life had a mean strick in his heart. I don't believe it was his fault, I believe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Give this child a break and let him continue with the education we need more people like him in all our lives. I believe this freak accident has devastated his life and his parents. Lisa I am so sorry for what has happened to Bobby, If you need help please contact me ASAP Tell Bobby to do not stress because he doesn't need stress these days Leave your case Bobby in God's hands, God will watch over you as he will help you and before you know it Bobby all charges will be dropped without any pendings. You Bobby must continue with you Goal of being an

    EMT I will contact your dad to inform him of your insident. I am just waiting for my inner feeling to tell me its okay to tell your dad. I don't want him to panic without the correct info Please don't worry and Marvel support your boy cause right now he feels (I know) that you are the only one he has so be there for him I will support him too If need be I will fly up give me the word.

  4. Becka. Thanks for the comment and your kind thoughts. You may want to contact the people you mention privately as these comments are open to public view. Again Thanks.

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