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Man found outside Wilson Tunnel dies

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:45 a.m. HST, Mar 20, 2012

A 59-year-old Honolulu man who was found lying in the grass near the Wilson Tunnel following a pickup truck fire has died. 

The Medical Examiner's Office identified him as Samuel Richard Hurwitz of Honolulu. The cause of Hurwitz' death is pending further studies. 

About 2:45 p.m. Thursday, a pickup truck fire occurred in the Likelike Highway townbound tunnel. Police had said the occupants got out of the truck safely. 

About the same time, bystanders found Hurwitz lying on the grass. Firefighters performed  CPR on him before he was transported to a hospital in critical condition where he died. 

Hurwitz grew up in Southern California. He split his time between Honolulu and Pago Pago, Samoa, where he worked as a correspondent and photographer for the Samoa News, according to his nephew, Michael Hurwitz in a phone interview from Newport Beach, Calif. 

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