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Highway workers discover body in wreckage

HILO, Big Island (KHNL) -  Highway workers discovered a body in a wreckage in a heavy brush along Hawaii Belt Road Monday.

Police believe the crash occurred sometime early Saturday morning (October 11).

Police say workers stumbled on a pick-up truck off the highway at 2:45 p.m. Upon closer examination, they discovered the body of the driver pinned inside.

The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Jerome Kalani of Pahoa.

Police say Kalani was traveling south on the Hawaii Belt Road when he lost control, ran off the right side of the road, struck a "no parking" sign and swerved to the left into the median, striking a tree and dropping about 10 to 15 feet below the highway.

He was wearing a seatbelt.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 21st traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 32 at this time last year.

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