Driver killed in crash
A 45-year-old Kailua-Kona man died early Thursday morning after his sport utility vehicle collided head-on Wednesday afternoon with a Hele On Bus on Highway 19 at the 3-mile marker in Ookala.
Police identified him as Kris Korban. Police say Korban’s northbound 1993 Ford Explorer crossed the center line and collided with the southbound county bus.
Korban was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m. Five passengers from the bus were taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. The bus driver, a 58-year-old Hilo man, was treated for minor injuries at Hilo Medical Center.
Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash.
Korban’s death is the 38th official traffic fatality so far this year, compared to 21 at this time last year.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.