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Police investigate reported accidental death of man as possible homicide

  • ROBERT SHIKINA / RSHIKINA@STARADVERTISER.COM Honolulu police investigated the death of a man after a car rolled over him Wednesday.

Honolulu police are investigating the reported accidental death of a man Wednesday in Kalihi as a possible homicide.

Officers canvassed the Kalihi neighborhood today where a car was initially reported to have accidentally rolled over the 36-year-old man, causing his death.

Honolulu Police Department homicide Lt. Phillip Lavarias said that HPD’s Vehicular Homicide Section requested homicide detail to assist in investigating the death.

“Evidence was uncovered that leads us to believe this was not a simple motor vehicle collision,” Lavarias said.

Lavarias declined to comment on the evidence, but said detectives are trying to find more evidence.

A security camera at a convenience store caught part of the incident, police said Wednesday.

The city Medical Examiner’s Office identified Thursday the man as Kyen Knowles, 36, of Honolulu.

No cause of death was available Wednesday afternoon.

Police had said on Wednesday that the man tried to park his vehicle on Waterhouse Street near Gulick Avenue at about 5 p.m. and got out.

The sedan began moving in reverse and rolled over the man, police said. The car came to a stop against another vehicle with Knowles pinned underneath.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver left the car in reverse.

The case was reclassified as an unattended death.

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  • We must avoid simple actions that can inadvertently become deadly. Some people when parking open their door and lean out to check to see where they are in the space to park more precisely. Don’t ever do this! Others may get out to check how much space behind. Even though it is extra trouble the driver should double check that car is securely in park with parking brake on and turn engine off before opening the door. Be especially careful when parking on hills where the car could roll when getting out. Anything can happen in a freak accident with a driver mistake or mechanical problem. Don’t take any chances when it can be life or death.

  • SA might have included the make of the car in this story in light of this week’s national coverage of the death of actor Anton Yeltsin, who was crushed by his Jeep after he apparently exited the vehicle, mistakenly thinking it was in park. After more than 100 accidents, Fiat Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, has recalled 1.1 million vehicles due to a gear selector problem that caused confusion about whether the car was in park.

  • in last nights tv news, an bystander want to manually lift the car off the man and was asking for others to help him, but another bystander told him don’t. what was the reason for this, when there is an opportunity to help someone in distress, it should be done. this was really odd. someone should find that guy and ask him why?

  • Be very careful everyone. I know of a woman that was killed in her own driveway by her own vehicle in a similar manner many years ago. Put the vehicle in park and use the parking brake. Make it a habit.

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