Kona fatality 10-12-07

Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Acting Sergeant Wendall Carter
Phone: 961-2332
October 12, 2007
Report No. C07032292

Media Release

A 22-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Wednesday (October 10) from injuries he sustained in a one-car crash on October 5.

The victim has been identified as Mathew Rogers.

Rogers was a passenger in a Toyota two-door sedan that ran off the road as it was traveling southbound on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the 81-mile marker. Rogers, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected during the 2 a.m. crash.

He was pronounced dead at Maui Memorial Hospital at 5:26 p.m. on October 10.

The driver, 22-year-old Ryan Depoy of Kailua-Kona, was arrested the night of the crash for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was released pending further investigation and taken to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash. Police suspect speed and alcohol as factors in the crash.

The case has been classified as a negligent homicide.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call Officer Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 229, or Acting Sergeant Wendall Carter at 961-2332.

This is the 31st traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 29 at this time last year.

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