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Big Isle man killed when truck hits pole, flips in Kailua-Kona

A 54-year-old Holualoa man died Monday morning after his pickup truck ran off Queen Kaahumanu Highway, struck a utility pole and overturned just south of the Kealakehe Parkway intersection, police said.

The victim was identified as Christopher Allen.

Police responded to a 6:37 a.m. call and determined that Allen had been driving a 2004 Toyota pickup truck north on Queen Kaahumanu Highway when the vehicle ran off the east shoulder of the roadway, struck the pole and overturned in a lava field next to the highway, police said.

Allen was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:48 a.m.

Police said speed and inattention appeared to be factors in this crash.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to call officer Christopher Kapua-Allison at 326-4646, extension 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 10th traffic fatality this year compared with seven at this time last year.

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  • I find it hard to believe that the entire island of Hawaii was killed when a truck struck a pole in Kailua-Kona. Would the entire island of Oahu suffer a similar fate if a Tesla struck a pole and overturned on Kamehameha Highway? Hmmmm.

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