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Kona fatality 06-18-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Acting Sergeant Andres M. Fojas Jr.
Phone 961-8889
Report No C12016067

Media Release

A 58-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Thursday (June 14) from injuries he sustained in a single motor vehicle crash on June 11 off Old Māmalahoa Highway in Kailua-Kona.

He was identified as William Lawrence of a Kailua-Kona address.

Responding to an 8:38 p.m. call on June 11, Kona patrol officers determined that the man was working on a 1993 Toyota Tacoma truck when the vehicle began to roll downhill. In an attempt to stop the truck from rolling, Lawrence was pulled under the vehicle as it picked up speed, causing him to get caught under the vehicle, which subsequently landed on top of him after striking a rock wall.

Lawrence was taken to The Queen’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m. on June 14.

Traffic enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Because this death occurred on a private road, it is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.