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Kailua-Kona Information Update for March 21st, 2020

Fatal Single-Vehicle Collision leads to the temporary closure of Ali'i Drive in Kailua-Kona early Saturday morning (March 21st).

Published By: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Section


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a fatal single-vehicle collision on Ali'i Drive in Kailua-Kona early Saturday morning (March 21st).

The initial call came in 1:54 am Saturday morning and HFD crews from the Kailua Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Kona Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located near the 1.5-mile marker on Ali'i Drive near the Kahalui Bay Bridge.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report came in from staff at a nearby resort reporting hearing a loud crash and later found a vehicle (described as a BMW multi-purpose vehicle) was severely damaged in a collision near the Kahalui Bay bridge. Upon further investigation determined the sole operator (described as a male in his 40's) of the vehicle had suffered life-threatening injuries and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.

Once emergency crews arrived on the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to extricate the operator of the vehicle from the vehicle and shortly thereafter, began life-saving measures, however, HFD Medics later ceased all life-saving measures and declared the operator DOA (Dead-On-Arrival) at the scene.

Once that determination was made, HPD officers immediately closed Ali'i Drive between Lunapule Street to Royal Poinciana Drive while officers from TEU began their investigation into the cause and circumstances into the collision.

Ali'i Drive was later reopened to all traffic at 6:40 am Saturday morning.

This is the seventh fatal collision to occur on Hawaii Island for 2020.

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