A 38-year old man died in a three-vehicle accident on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway in Kona on Thursday when one of the vehicles crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with the victim's pickup truck.
The man killed in the crash has been identified as Christopher Landers of Kamuela.
Kona police responded to a call at approximately 3:53 p.m. near the 82-mile marker in North Kona, where they determined that a 49-year old man from Kailua-Kona was driving south on the highway when one of the left tires on his 2000 Ford F-350 pickup truck blew out, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
The truck then crossed into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a 2011 Nissan Altima before colliding with Landers' 2002 Ford Ranger pickup. Landers was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.
Landers was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced deat at 9:10 p.m. The driver of the other Ford truck was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital with minor injuries, where he was treated and released.
The 67-year old driver of the Nissan and her four passengers were not injured.
Police do not believe alcohol, drugs or speed were factors in the crash, though Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.