Koloa man dies in overnight collision
Kauai police report that a 32-year-old Koloa man died from injuries he sustained in a traffic crash that occurred late Tuesday night.
His identity has not yet been released.
The crash occurred at around 11 p.m. on Koloa Road. According to KPD, the man had been traveling north on Ala Kalanikaumaka, when he apparently failed to stop at a posted stop sign before turning left onto Koloa Road.
While making the turn, he was struck by a Nissan pickup truck that was headed east on Koloa Road.
Police arrived to the scene to find the man's GMC pickup truck engulfed in flames.
Officers and firefighters worked to extract the unresponsive victim from his vehicle and extinguish the fire, but attempts to resuscitate the driver at the scene were unsuccessful. Medics then transported him to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The male driver was the sole occupant of the GMC pickup at the time of the collision.
The 24-year-old female driver of the Nissan pickup and her four-year-old son were also transported to Wilcox Hospital. The female driver was treated for minor injuries, but the child was not injured. Police report that the boy was properly restrained in a child safety seat at the time of the crash.
The collision remains under police investigation at this time and an autopsy of the victim is pending.
This is Kaua'’s third fatal crash in as many weeks, and the sixth traffic fatality in 2013.
While it is not known at this time if speed or alcohol were factors in the collision, Kauai police are taking this opportunity to remind the public to drive safely and responsibly this holiday season.
"Police are stepping up sobriety checkpoints during the holiday season, but safe driving is everyone’s responsibility," stated Assistant Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau Ale Quibilan. "Buckle your seatbelts, put down your cell phones, and most importantly, do not drink and drive. These are simple steps that could save your life or the life of someone you love."
The Kauai Police Department also recognizes the month of December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As part of the national initiative, local government agencies and community partners are encouraged to raise awareness on the threat of impaired driving.
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