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Puna, HI – One Dead Following Vehicle Crash on Kahakai Blvd

May 16, 2022

Puna, HI (May 15, 2022) – A man was killed during a vehicle crash on Thursday, May 12th in Puna.

The victim has since been identified as a 31-year-old man from Kailua-Kona by the Hawaii Police Department.

The fatal crash took place at about 3:25 p.m. on Kahakai Boulevard at Hawaiian Beaches when wet road conditions and intermittent rainfall caused a collision. 

Upon their arrival, police located the victim and found that he was unresponsive. He was transported via ambulance to Hilo Medical Center where he later passed away.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Police said that a 30-year-old man involved in the accident was unharmed.  

This is the 14th vehicle fatality on Hawaii island as opposed to eight at this time last year.

The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the crash.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Wrongful Death Suits in Hawaii

Puna, HI - One Dead Following Vehicle Crash on Kahakai Blvd

When someone’s negligence, malfeasance, action, or inaction causes the death of another, certain surviving relatives are eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.

While we understand that there is no amount of money that can bring back your loved one, a well-constructed wrongful death claim can give grieving relatives a measure of justice as well as the financial compensation they are entitled to for their losses.

Based on the events surrounding the death, compensation could be available for multiple damages such as:

  • Cremation expenses/Burial and funeral costs
  • Medical expenses incurred prior to the death
  • Loss of family and household services 
  • Lost economic aid and lost earning 
  • Loss of care and guidance
  • Loss of companionship and consortium

A wrongful death action is a civil claim, meaning they are addressed in a civil court and are differentiated from any and all criminal cases involving the respondent.

Due to being a civil claim, wrongful death actions center on adjudicating whether the respondent is answerable for the losses endured by the victim and their surviving family. Comparable to other types of civil injury cases, those who bring a claim of wrongful death will be required to show that the respondent is liable for their loved one’s passing via negligence or, in accordance with liability laws, is otherwise liable.  

A compassionate wrongful death lawyer from our law firm can provide you with the aggressive legal representation you want after enduring the unexpected loss of a member of your family. 

In the event that their death was caused by a driver who was intoxicated, nursing home abuse, an improperly installed handrail in a stairwell, a defective smoke alarm, or any other negligent or unlawful act, taking immediate legal action will guarantee that your attorney has plenty of time to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death and build a solid case.

At the law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our experienced legal team is committed to providing personalized and prudent legal services to wrongful death victims and their grieving families.

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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