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Hilo Man Dies in Single Vehicle Waikoloa Crash

September 18, 2015, 8:43 AM HST
* Updated September 18, 8:44 AM
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A man died Thursday afternoon in a single vehicle crash along Waikoloa Road, east of the two-mile marker in Waikoloa.

The Hawai’i Police Department says the 49-year-old man has been identified as Robert J. Cooley of Hilo.

Police responded to a 2:40 p.m. call, where South Kohala patrol officers determined that Cooley was traveling east on Waikoloa Road operating a 2004 Nissan Altima four-door sedan when he ran off the right side of the road and into a small rock embankment.

Cooley was taken to North Hawai’i Community Hospital by rescue personnel. He was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m.

According to HPD, Cooley may have suffered from a medical condition prior to the crash.

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A coroner’s inquest case has been opened by Traffic Enforcement Unit officers and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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HPD says it will wait for the autopsy result before counting Cooley’s death toward the official traffic fatality count.

Anyone with information about the crash should call Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison at 326-4646, extension 229.

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