A 55-year-old Kealakekua man died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a one-car crash on Mamalahoa Highway near Honaunau.
The victim has been identified as Bryan T. Hanato, according to the Hawaii Police Department.
Responding to the 1:34 p.m. call, officers determined that Hanato was operating a 2000 Mitsubishi two-door sedan and traveling north on the highway when he apparently lost control, ran off the right side of the road and overturned, according to the department. Hanato was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
Hanato was taken to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:17 p.m., according to the department.
It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor, according to the department. A coroner’s inquest case has been initiated and autopsy ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Anyone with information on the crash should call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, ext. 229.