Big Island police have identified the 18-year-old Mountain View man who died Friday after he apparently hit a wall while speeding on Highway 11 as Lucas Derego.
Puna police found a Chevrolet two-door sedan with severe damage in a ditch off Highway 11 near North Glenwood Road at 10:28 p.m. Friday.
Police believe that the car had been traveling Hilo bound on Highway 11 and had struck a rock retaining wall. The driver, who was the sole occupant, was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.
He was identified through fingerprints.
Police believe that speed was a factor. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved.