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Nāʻālehu Resident Dies in Tractor-Trailer Accident

August 29, 2016, 3:15 PM HST
* Updated August 29, 3:19 PM
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badge-1-150x150Nāʻālehu resident Brysson Lorenzo Sr., 61, died in a single motor vehicle traffic crash Monday morning, Aug. 29, in South Kona near Mile Marker 85 on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 11).

Responding to a 2:57 a.m. call, police determined that Lorenzo had been operating a 1994 Kenworth tractor-trailer northbound on Hawaiʻi Belt Road when he ran off the right shoulder of the roadway and collided with a rock embankment. The collision caused the tractor-trailer to overturn onto its left side and catch fire. Lorenzo was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:40 a.m.

Police do not believe speed was a factor in this crash and it is not immediately known if alcohol was a factor.

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

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipa‘akaua at 326-4646, ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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This is the 17th traffic fatality this year compared with 15 at this time last year.

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