HILO, Hawaii — A former officer with the Hawaii Police Department has been indicted for negligent homicide, evidence tampering and making a false report after allegedly hitting and killing a bicyclist from Michigan with his car.
Jody Buddemeyer was on duty last year while driving in South Kohala when the vehicle he was driving struck avid bicyclist Jeffrey Surnow of West Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, police said.
Firefighters found Surnow, a real estate developer, lying face-down near a severely damaged bike. The fire department called it a hit-and-run.
Buddemeyer was later terminated from the department for removing evidence from a crime scene and providing false information after being in a traffic collision, according to an annual police misconduct report provided to state lawmakers.
A warrant was issued for Buddemeyer’s arrest and his bail was set at $10,000, Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth told Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://ow.ly/4tcr305c5Wb ).
The Hilo newspaper asked Roth why it took so long to charge Buddemeyer.
“With these cases, oftentimes there’s forensic evidence and oftentimes cases go back and forth between the police and the prosecutors,” Roth said. “Prosecutors are asking for further evidence and things like that.”
Buddemeyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.
Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/