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Honokaa man dies after being crushed by van

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:20 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2014

A 58-year-old Honokaa man died on Wednesday when a van he was working on fell on him.

Hawaii County firefighters, responding to a 4:10 p.m. alarm on Ohia Street, found James Thomas Jones unresponsive under a van. An ambulance took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:04 p.m. 

Police said Jones had been working under a jacked-up van when it collapsed onto him. 

An autopsy on Friday determined that Jones died from asphyxiation do to traumatic chest compression.

The case is classified as a home accident. 

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