• Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Driver seen weaving on Kamehameha Highway before fatal crash

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Police directed traffic this morning after a vehicle crashed into a utility police in Waikane along Kamehameha Highway.

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A 28-year-old male driver was seen weaving on Kamehameha Highway near Waikane Valley Road this morning before he collided with a utility pole and died, police said.

The collision, which caused the utility pole to lean over, was reported around 7:15 a.m. and temporarily caused the closure of both lanes of Kamehameha Highway before police opened a contra-flow lane.

The driver had been traveling west on Kamehameha Highway and was seen veering across the east-bound lane before crashing into the pole, police said. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, police said.

Paramedics responded and helped pronounce the man dead at the scene at 48-367 Kamehameha Highway.

The investigation of the crash and repairs to the utility pole are expected to continue traffic delays this morning.

“We know that a utility pole also was hit and it’s leaning,” said Tim Sakahara, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. “People may feel impacts in that area through the morning while the investigation is ongoing, as well as repairs to the utility pole.”

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