A 52-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a two-vehicle collision east of the intersection of Kaiminani Drive and Laui Street in Kailua-Kona.
He has been positively identified as Robert N. Weinstock.
Responding to a 12:41 a.m. call, police determined that a green 2007 Ford pickup truck was traveling west on Kaiminani Drive before the Laui Street intersection when it crossed the centerline of the roadway and crashed head-on into a 2003 Nissan sports-utility vehicle being driven by Weinstock.
Both drivers were taken to Kona Community Hospital, where Weinstock was officially pronounced dead at 1:29 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The driver of the Ford pickup, 26-year-old Justin Rohan of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was released pending further investigation while being treated for his injuries at Kona Community Hospital.
The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Justin Hooser or Sergeant Bradley Freitas at 326-4646, Ext. 229.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
This is the 14th traffic related fatality this year compared with eight at this time last year.
Kaiminani Drive, which had been closed to traffic for several hours, was reopened shortly after noon.