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South Kona crash kills Kealakekua man

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 55-year-old Kealakekua man died Saturday after a car crash on Hawaii Belt Road in the area of the 105-mile marker in Honaunau, South Kona.

The driver was identified as Bryan T. Hanato, of a Kealakekua address, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.

Responding to a 1:34 p.m. call, traffic investigators determined that Hanato was operating a Mitsubishi two-door sedan and traveling north on Route 11 when he lost control, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

Police say the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:17 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 33rd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 16 at this time last year.

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