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Medical condition, not crash, killed Kona driver, officials say

By Star-Advertiser staff


A Kailua-Kona man who was involved in a one-vehicle crash in South Kona on Nov. 8 died from a medical condition and not from the crash itself, Hawaii County police said today.

The determination was reached in an autopsy on Bonifacio Pako Alip III, 48, police said. Police did not specify the nature of the medical condition.

Alip was driving on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) at the 99-mile-marker in South Kona when his Ram pickup truck went off the left side of the road and overturned about 8 p.m., police said.

Two passengers in the vehicle, a 21-year-old Ocean View man and a 24-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona, were treated for minor injuries and released.

Alip was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:18 p.m.

The Big Island's traffic fatality count for 2011 was revised to 22, from 23.

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