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Laupahoehoe fatality (update) 09-08-08

Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
September 8, 2008
Report No. C08026678

Media Release

A man who died after a one-vehicle crash in Laupahoehoe on September 2 has been identified as Reid K. Barton of Laupahoehoe.

Responding to a 11:41 a.m. call, North Hilo patrol officers determined that the man was operating a 4-door station wagon and traveling south on Liloa Road when he lost control and ran off the left side of the road.

The vehicle caught on fire and the driver was unable to escape. Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire.

Barton was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:01 p.m.