Man, 84, dies following 3-car crash in Kona

Update: The Hawaii Police Deparetment on Thursday confirmed 84-year-old Kailua-Kona resident Cornell Bruce Linerud died from injuries suffered in a three-car collission Feb. 3 at the intersection of Kamanu and Oluwalu streets in Kailua-Kona.

An 84-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a three-vehicle collision on Feb. 3 at the intersection of Kamanu and Oluwalu streets in Kailua-Kona.


The Hawaii Police Department on Tuesday identified the victim as Cornell Bruce Linerud.

Responding to a 12:09 p.m. call, police determined that a light green 2018 Subaru SUV driven by Linerud made a left turn in front of a brown 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The Subaru was struck on the passenger side causing the vehicle to spin and subsequently strike a gold colored 2005 Toyota Camry that was stopped at the intersection.

According to police, Linerud was transported to the Kona Community Hospital by a private vehicle for initial treatment. He was later transported to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu where he died Monday.

The 59-year-old man driving the Toyota Tacoma and the 77-year-old man driving the Toyota Camry were not seriously injured in the crash, police said.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. A coroner’s inquest investigation has been initiated by the Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit.


Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Officer Kelsey Kobayashi at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229, or email to

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

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