One dead in early morning crash on Alii Drive

Police report a 34-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a single-vehicle collision Saturday on Alii Drive, just south of Lunapule road.

The Hawaii Police Department identified the victim as Robert Jibas.

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Responding to a 1:54 a.m. call, police determined that a white 2007 BMW X3 SUV heading south had struck a metal guardrail on the Mauka side of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a metal trench shoring and a concrete construction barrier. Jibas was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m.

Police are investigating the exact cause of the crash.

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

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The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

This is the seventh traffic fatality this year compared to three at this time last year.

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