Driver Dies After Crashing Into Church Building
A 40-year-old Hilo man died early today after running his vehicle through a fence and into a church on Kinoole Street just north of the Puainako Street intersection.
Tracy S. Pack was traveling south on Kinoole Street when he lost control of his 2006 Mercedes Benz four-door sedan and failed to make a turn in the road, police said today.
The vehicle came to a rest against the Kinoole Baptist Church at 1815 Kinoole St.
Pack was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 a.m.
Police believe that both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash that occurred shortly before 2 a.m.
Pack was not wearing a seat belt.
The death was the second traffic fatality of the year compared with none at this time in 2013.
***Updated 12:16 p.m. to correct time of death.***