Hawaii Police Department (HPD) releases preliminary details into an industrial (tractor vs ATV) accident in Kaupulehu, North Kona Monday morning (May 4th).
Published By: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Kamuela) and Colorado (Colorado Springs) Sections
Hawaiʻi Police Department Operations, Area II Assistant Chief Robert Wagner Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 246 Report No. 20-034568 Hawaiʻi Island Police report that yesterday (May 4) at approximately 11:40 a.m., officers responded to an industrial construction site at Kaupulehu, which is close to Hualalai.
Upon arrival, it was reported that the ATV drove in front of the excavator in an attempt to get the operator’s attention, subsequently resulting in the excavator colliding with the ATV.
As a result, the ATV operator suffered fatal injuries before Fire Medics’ arrival.
The case is still under investigation victim’s name is not being released at this time.
An autopsy has been requested.
Original Update from May 4th, 2020:
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to report of an industrial accident in Kaupulehu, North Kona late Monday morning (May 4th).
The initial call came in at 11:39 am Monday morning and HFD crews from the South Kohala Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located within the Kaupulehu-Kona Village Resort area in North Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that male party (described to be approximately in his 50's) was run over by heavy construction tractor (being described as an excavator) and reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident and bystanders were rendering aid until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately began life-saving measures on the victim at the scene. However, shortly after arriving at the scene, HFD Medics ceased all life-saving measures and declared the victim DOA (Dead On Arrival) at the scene.
Once that determination was made, HFD personnel turned the scene over to HPD officers, where they began their investigation into the incident.