December 2, 2010 – Big Island, HI – According to a report from Hawaii News Now, a fatal pickup truck crash occurred on the Big Island last month.
Just before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, a 24-year-old man from Papaikou was killed when he was ejected from his 1985 Toyota pickup truck.
The victim was driving on the Hawaii Belt Road south of the Honomu Transfer Station when he lost control of his vehicle. The truck crossed the centerline, hit the guardrails and then rolled over before stopping. Police say the man was not wearing a seatbelt.
Fire crews responded to the scene of the car accident where they then transported the victim to the Hilo Medical Center. He was in serious condition at the time but died at approximately 3 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15.
Police indicate that alcohol and speed were likely factors in the fatal motor vehicle accident. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death, but results are still pending.
There were no reports of additional injuries or vehicles involved in this fatal rollover accident, which remains under investigation.
This is now the 24th traffic fatality on Big Island for 2010, as compared to 20 at the same time last year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2009 Crash Statistics, there were 109 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Hawaii. Out of those fatalities, approximately 22 lives were lost as a result of rollover crashes.
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