Man dies after crashing into tree in Kapaau

Man dies after crashing into tree in Kapaau

KAPAAU, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - - A 66-year-old man died Monday night after crashing into a tree in Kapaau, Big Island police said.

The victim has been identified as Myron Okubo, of Kapaau.

According to authorities, Okubo was driving a pickup truck north on Keokea Beach Road before 3:30 p.m. when somehow he ended up being dragged outside the vehicle. The pickup then veered across the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree, causing him to be pinned.

He was taken to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Authorities are still investigating, but it does not appear that speed is a factor.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine Okubo's exact cause of death.

This is the third traffic fatality this year compared to four at this time last year.

This story may be updated.

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