HILO » 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.
Police say Jody Buddemeyer was on duty last year while driving in South Kohala when he hit Jeffrey Surnow of West Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
According to an annual police misconduct report to state lawmakers, Buddemeyer was later terminated from the department for removing evidence from a crime scene and providing false information after being in a traffic collision.
Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth tells Hawaii Tribune-Herald a warrant was issued for Buddemeyer’s arrest and his bail was set at $10,000.
Buddemeyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment today. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.