Kona fatality victim identified 12-30-03

PHONE: 961-2332
DECEMBER 30, 2003


Police have identified a 40-year-old male who died of injuries he suffered in a traffic crash that occurred Saturday (December 27, 2003) on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 190) near the 21-mile marker in Puuanahulu, North Kona.

The victim, who was also the driver, was identified as Robert Marion Haile of a Honokaa, Hamakua, address.

Responding to an 8:36 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the vehicle was traveling toward Waimea when it apparently ran off the road, overturned and plunged down an 80-foot embankment, pinning the victim inside.

The victim was taken to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Details about the crash were not immediately available, and

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are continuing an investigation into the traffic crash and death.

Anyone with information about the traffic death or the crash is asked to call Officer Eric Cerezo of the TEU at 326-4646, Sergeant Leroy Victorino of the TEU at 961-2332 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

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