03-01-18 Kona pedestrian fatality

Hawai‘i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Officer Justin Hooser
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 229
Report No. C18006301



Media Release

A 50-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning, (March 1), on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway at the intersection of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona.   

He has not been positively identified at this time.

Responding to a 5:50 a.m. call, police determined that a 2006 Ford F-450 operated by a 64-year-old Kamuela man had been traveling south on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway at the intersection with Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park when it was involved in a collision with a pedestrian who had been walking within the southbound lane. 

The male pedestrian sustained critical injuries from the collision and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 10:00 a.m.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were not a factor.

Officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit have initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229.

This is the fifth traffic fatality this year compared with four at this time last year.

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