Man Dies in Tractor Accident

An 83-year-old man died as a result of injuries he suffered in a home accident on Thursday in Laupāhoehoe.

The Hawai`i Police Department reports that the victim has been identified as Samuel P. Kaaua.

Responding to an 8:36 p.m. report of a home accident, police and Hawai`i County Fire Department personnel determined that the victim was operating a heavy-duty farm tractor on the property when it overturned on an embankment. The incident caused Kaaua to be ejected and pinned underneath.

Kaaua was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

A Coroner’s Inquest investigation has been initiated and an autopsy has been requested to determine the exact cause of death.