Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
November 4, 2007
Report No. C07035708
The victim was identified as Michael K. Gomes, of Kailua-Kona.
Responding to a 3:33 p.m. call, Kona patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that the victim was driving a 2004 Chevrolet multi-purpose vehicle and traveling south on Queen Kaahumanu Highway when he lost control and ran off the right shoulder of the road and overturned. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.
Witnesses reported that prior to the crash, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and had overtaken four to five other vehicles.
An 18-year-old female passenger and a 2-year-old boy were transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital and were treated and released with minor injuries. The female was wearing a seat belt and the child was in a car seat.
Gomes was transported to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m.
Police believe that speed and alcohol played roles in this crash.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Marvin Troutman at 326-4646, extension 229.
This is the 34th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 29 at this time last year.