Kona fatality 01-11-09

Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
January 11, 2009
Report No. C09001032

Media Release

A 20-year-old Ocean View man died Saturday (January 10) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Nani Kailua Drive in Kailua-Kona.

The Victim was identified as Richard M. Green of an Ocean View address.

Responding to an 8:31 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a 20-year-old Kailua-Kona man was operating a 2003 Honda four-door sedan and traveling east on Nani Kailua Drive when he disregarded the red light and collided with a 2006 Nissan flatbed tow truck driven by a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona man traveling north on Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

The victim was the front seat passenger of the Honda. He was wearing his seat belt.

Fire rescue personnel took the driver and rear seat passenger of the Honda and the driver of the tow truck to Kona Community Hospital. They were admitted for observation in satisfactory condition.

The victim was pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital at 11:28 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if speed was involved but alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the first traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with one at this time last year.

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