A 34-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a single-vehicle collision on Saturday on Alii Drive, .1 miles south of the Lunapule road.
The Hawai`i Police Department reports that the man has been positively identified as Robert Jibas.
Responding to a 1:54 a.m. call, police determined that a white 2007 BMW X3 SUV heading south had struck a metal guardrail (Mauka side) of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a metal trench shoring and a concrete construction barrier. The male driver was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m.
Police are currently investigating the exact cause of the crash.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
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.