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South Kona fatality 04-13-11

Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
April 13, 2011
Report No. C11009421

Media Release

An unidentified man was killed Tuesday (April 12) from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash on the Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) in the area of the 91-mile marker in South Kona.

Responding to a 7:46 p.m. call, Kona patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that the man was operating a 1985 Toyota pickup truck and traveling south on the highway when he lost control, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

The lone driver was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

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

This is all the information available at this time. 

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the eighth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to eight at this time last year.