Officials identify Hilo man killed in crash

Published On: Jun 15 2013 08:41:05 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 16 2013 03:27:40 PM HST

A single-car crash claims the life of one man and hospitalized another in Hilo late Friday evening.

HILO, Hawaii -

Police have identified the man killed in Friday night's crash along Kalanianaole Avenue as 23-year-old Joseph Nieves Junior of Hilo.

Witnesses said the car was traveling Hilo-bound when it crossed the center line and struck a mail box, sheared a utility pole, and struck a stone wall.

Nieves was pronounced dead at the scene while a 18-year-old man was medivaced to the Queen's Medical Center.

Police say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.  Both men were wearing seatbelts.  A negligent injury investigation is underway.

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