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A man who died in a three-vehicle crash in Paauilo has been identified as Jacob De Jesus.

De Jesus, 32, of Paauilo, died after he collided head-on with a dump truck near the 37-mile marker on Highway 19 on Hawaii island Wednesday.

At about 9 a.m., police said a sedan operated by De Jesus was traveling Hilo-bound on the highway when he crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Kenworth dump truck towing a flatbed trailer. The impact pushed the sedan into the path of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler that also was heading Hilo-bound.

De Jesus was thrown from his vehicle in the crash and pinned beneath the flatbed trailer, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department that responded to the crash.

He was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Police said occupants of both the dump truck and the Jeep sustained minor injuries and refused treatment.

This is the 20th traffic-related fatality compared to 10 at the same time last year.

Anyone with information on the fatal crash is asked to call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2293 or e-mail Tipsters also may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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