1-07-24 Maui Man Dies in Kona Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police Department
Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi
Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229
Report No.: 24-002073

Media Release

A 31-year-old Maui man died in a single-vehicle collision on Sunday morning, January 7, 2024, in Kailua-Kona.

Responding to a call at 4:35 a.m., police determined that a silver 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup was traveling south (makai) of the intersection of Hawai‘i Belt Road (Highway 190) and the Highway 180 junction, when it crossed over the double solid lines and struck a rock embankment. The pickup then overturned, struck a utility pole, and went down a 10-foot embankment.

The driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 6:08 a.m.   

Police believe that speed and impairment are possible factors in the crash. The driver was also not wearing his seatbelt.

The man has not been positively identified, pending the notification of the next of kin.

Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Dayson Taniguchi at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229, or email at dayson.taniguchi@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

This marks the first traffic fatality on Hawai‘i Island in 2024 compared to zero this time last year.

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