KA’U, HI – Police said a driver was killed and a passenger injured in a high-speed accident in Ka’u on Sunday night, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.
The crash happened on Highway 11 near the entrance to the Manuka State Recreational Park. According to police, the driver of a 2008 Mercedes Benz 280 convertible lost control while going north at a very high rate of speed shortly after 8 p.m.
The vehicle went off the roadway and hit a rock wall sign in front of the park. The driver, a 30-year-old man from Waikola, was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead after being taken to Kona Community Hospital. The man was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, investigators said.
A passenger in the car, a 25-year-old man from Kailua-Kona, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Speed and impairment are suspected to have been contributing factors in the fatal wreck, according to investigators.
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