Police release ID of man killed in crash with a fuel tanker on Hawaii Island

Published: Apr. 18, 2018 at 7:46 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 20, 2018 at 4:27 PM HST
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(Image: Jenny Holzwarth)
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Laupahoehoe (Hawaii News Now) - Big Island police have released the name of a man killed after crashing into a fuel tanker in Laupahoehoe Wednesday.

He was identified as 40-year-old Joseph Wolf, a resident of Kailua Kona.

The scene of the crash was violent -- Wolf's vehicle nearly unrecognizable.

Police said the Wolf was driving a Mazda pickup truck in the northbound direction of the highway near the 25-mile marker when it crossed the center line and crashed into a fuel tanker traveling in the opposite direction.

He was transported to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

This is the eighth traffic fatality this year compared to seven this time last year.

The driver of the fuel tanker, a 42-year-old man from Keaau, was also taken to the hospital in stable condition. He has since been released.

Police are investigating whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine his exact cause of death.

Police are asking any witnesses to the crash to contact Officer Casey Cabral at (808) 961-2329 or email:

This story will be updated.

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