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HPD Identifies Man Killed in Hilo Car Crash

November 11, 2020, 12:34 PM HST
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Authorities have identified a man killed in an early morning car crash in Hilo as Soo Lee.

Hawai‘i Police responded to the two-car collision at 4:52 a.m. at the Komohana and Kukuau Streets intersection.

Through the course of their investigation, police determined Lee, 73, was traveling east on Kukuau Street in a 1983 Jeep Wrangler soft top with removable doors when “he failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck broadside by a 2004 Dodge Ram truck that was traveling south on Komohana Street.”

Lee was unresponsive at the scene. He was later pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center. Lee’s passenger, a 29-year-old Hilo man, was also taken to HMC for non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition.

The driver of the Dodge Ram truck, a 34-year-old man from Hilo, was not injured. His passenger, a 75-year-old man, also from Hilo, was transported to HMC for treatment and was later released.

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Police investigating the crash determined that inattention to driving is a factor in this traffic collision. Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs are factors at this time.

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This is the 14th fatal traffic collision compared to 18 fatal traffic collisions during this same time period last year.

The East Hawaiʻi Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation. Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has information to contact Officer Jared Cabatu at 808-961-2329 or via email at [email protected]

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 808-961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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