A 48-year-old Hilo man died following a single-vehicle crash Monday morning along Highway 130 in Keaʻau.
The Hawai`i Police Department reports that the man has been identified as Peter Veincent Jr.
Responding to a 12:57 a.m. call, police determined that a 2001 Mazda sports-utility vehicle, driven by Veincent, was traveling south on Highway 130 when it crossed the centerline and struck a rock embankment at the intersection of Pohaku Place.
Veincent was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:01 a.m.
Police say Veincent was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident.
Authorities say it is unknown at this time if speed or intoxication were factors in this crash.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Casey Cabral at (808) 961-2329.
This is the 17th traffic fatality this year compared with 20 at this time last year.