Kona man dies trying to stop runaway truck

Police say a 58-year-old Kailua-Kona man was killed after he tried to stop a 'runaway' truck.

William Lawrence died Thursday from injuries he suffered in the crash on June 11 off Old Mamalahoa Highway in Kailua-Kona.

Police say the incident happened around 8:38 p.m.

They say Lawrence was working on a 1993 Toyota Tacoma truck when the vehicle began to roll downhill. In an attempt to stop the truck from rolling, Lawrence was pulled under the vehicle as it picked up speed, causing him to get caught under the vehicle, which subsequently landed on top of him after striking a rock wall.

Lawrence was taken to The Queen's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m. on June 14.

Traffic enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner's inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Because this death occurred on a private road, it is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.

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