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UPDATE: South Kona Crash Victim Identified

Posted October 3, 2016, 10:23 AM HST Updated October 5, 2016, 07:26 AM HST
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Big Island Now stock photo. June 2016.

Big Island Now stock photo. June 2016.

UPDATE: Oct. 5

An autopsy conducted Tuesday , Oct. 4, determined that the man who died Sunday, Oct. 2, after being involved in a one-vehicle traffic collision on the Māmālahoa Highway (Route 11) in Honalo, South Kona, died from injuries sustained in the accident.

He was identified as 23-year-old Jackson Mathers of Miloliʻi.

ORIGINAL POST: Oct. 3

An unidentified man died following a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, Oct. 2, on Māmālahoa Highway (Route 11) in Honalo, South Kona.

Responding to a 2:36 a.m. call, police determined that a 2013 Subaru station wagon had been traveling south on Māmālahoa Highway just south of the 114-mile marker when the operator failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway, causing the vehicle to run off the mauka shoulder of the roadway and to collide with a utility pole.

The operator was ejected from the vehicle; he sustained critical injuries.

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The unidentified man was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:26 a.m. Sunday.

Police believe speed, inattention and alcohol were factors in the crash.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death and to determine identification.

Officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and are asking  for information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash. Call Officer Justin Hooser at 326-4646, ext. 229.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 22nd traffic fatality this year compared with 15 at this time last year.

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