03-21-20 Kailua-Kona man dies in fatal accident

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU), Area II
Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 229
Report No. 20-023220


Media Release

A 34-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a single-vehicle collision on Saturday (March 21) on Alii Drive .1 miles south of the Lunapule road. 

The 34-year-old male has been positively identified as Robert Jibas.

Responding to a 1:54 a.m. call, police determined that a white 2007 BMW X3 SUV heading south had struck a metal guardrail (Mauka side) of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a metal trench shoring and a concrete construction barrier. The male driver was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m.

Police are currently investigating the exact cause of the crash. 

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

The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

This is the 7th traffic fatality this year compared to 3 at this time last year.


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