Man killed in South Kona crash

A 58-year-old Honaunau man died following a two-vehicle collision on Thursday on an unnamed side road off of the mauka side of Mamalahoa Highway, just south of the 106 mile marker in South Kona.

The man was identified as Matthew Sean Saxbury, according to the Hawaii Police Department.


Responding to a 9:56 a.m. call, police determined that a black 1998 Jeep Wrangler was towing a silver 2015 Dodge Hellcat Challenger, when the Challenger rear ended the Jeep, causing the driver of the Jeep to be ejected from his vehicle.

Saxbury was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 2:16 p.m.

The driver of the Dodge Hellcat Challenger, a 66 year-old man from Captain Cook was not injured in the crash.

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

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision should contact Officer Len Hamakado at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229, or email at Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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

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