Kona fatality 03-27-07

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT UNIT
ACTING SERGEANT NORBERT SERRAO JR.
PHONE: 961-2332
MARCH 25, 2007
REPORT NO. C07010131

MEDIA RELEASE

A 36-year-old Honokaa man died Sunday (March 25) from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle traffic crash on Alii Drive 100 feet south of the 3.5 mile marker.

Responding to an 8:58 a.m. call, Kona Patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a white 2007 Toyota pickup truck northbound on Alii Drive when it ran off the road and struck a rock wall. The victim was identified as Wesley I. Hirata, 36, of Honokaa.

He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 10th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with seven at this time last year.

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