Man killed in car accident on Big Island identified

A 55-year-old man was killed on the Big Island after he lost control of the car he was driving and veered off the side of the road near the 105-mile marker of Route 11 in South Kona on Saturday.

The victim was identified on Sunday as Bryan Hanato of Kealakekua.

The accident, which happened in the vicinity of 84-5097 Mamalahoa Highway, occurred at approximately 1:35 p.m.

According to Big Island police, Hanato's two-door Mitsubishi sedan was found upside down at the scene of the crash, blocking the north bound lane of traffic. He had been traveling north on Route 11 when he lost control and ran off the right side of the road.

Traffic was closed in both directions along Route 11 while a police investigation was underway.

Hanato was reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials from the Hawaii County Fire Department. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

It is not known at this time if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

We will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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