Police Investigating Accident That Killed Kailua-Kona Man

May 6, 2022, 10:21 AM HST
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...

Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a single vehicle traffic collision in Puna that resulted in the death of a Kailua-Kona man.

The collision occurred on Thursday, May 5 on Kahakai Boulevard, in the Hawaiian Beaches area of Pãhoa.

Responding to the 3:27 p.m. report of a collision, police investigators determined that a 2008 Honda Civic sedan left a nearby driveway and proceeded east down Kahakai Boulevard. The Honda Civic then crossed to the north side of the roadway and struck a mailbox and chain-link fence of a residence before coming to a stop. At the time of the collision the roadway was wet and it had been raining off and on.

The operator of the sedan, 31-year-old Ashton Martines, of Kailua-Kona, was unresponsive at the scene and transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m. An autopsy has been requested to determine the exact cause of death.

The front seat passenger of the sedan, a 30 year-old man, did not receive any injuries as a result of the traffic collision.


The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting further investigation relative to any contributing factors and have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation, which is pending.


Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Blayne Matsui at 808-961-2339 or via email [email protected] Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.

This is the 14th fatal traffic collision of 2022 compared to eight fatal traffic collisions during this same time period last year.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Mahalo for Subscribing


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments