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Hilo man dies in 2-car crash in Puna

By Star-Advertiser staff


An early morning collision on Keaau-Pahoa Road on Sunday left one man dead and another in police custody.

According to Big Island police, a Subaru multi-purpose vehicle operated by a 26-year-old Hilo man was traveling west on the highway when it attempted to overtake another car and collided with a Ford pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Subaru was killed. 

The driver of the truck, identified as a 52-year-old Keaau man, suffered minor injuries and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.

Police are investigating whether speed or alcohol may be factors for the other driver, as well.

There were no passengers in either vehicle. 

An autopsy will be performed on the driver of the Subaru to determine the exact cause of death.

Police closed the highway for about five hours while an investigation was performed.

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Upperkula wrote:
People in a all mighty hurry to get no where, this is a Island for god sake why do you have to drive like that OVERTAKING in a construction zone... speed limit was changed to 35 MPH for the duration of the construction. As for the guy in the ford truck, Inoccent but drunk... not so inoccent...POOR THING. Bradda stay home and drink, why do you have to go out and partake your liquor, now Busted for DUI and you did not cause the accident, wrong place wrong time. God bless to the deceased and good luck to the other driver.
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