Lawai man who died in crash identified

KALAHEO — A 63-year-old Lawai man died in a single-car crash Wednesday morning on Kaumualii Highway in Kalaheo.

The county identified the man on Thursday as David Akre.

According to a preliminary investigation, Akre was heading east in a Toyota pickup truck on Kaumualii Highway shortly before 11 a.m. when he apparently drifted off the roadway and struck a utility pole.

Bystanders near the scene found Akre unresponsive and began administering CPR. Kalaheo firefighters and medics arrived shortly after and continued resuscitation efforts while Akre was transported to Wilcox Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Kauai police closed Kaumualii Highway in Kalaheo, between Hokua and Papalina roads, for nearly three hours while they conducted an investigation and worked to clear the road. Motorists were diverted through Hokua and Papalina roads until the highway was reopened about 1:35 p.m.

Representatives from Hawaiian Telcom remained on scene to repair the damaged utility pole along the highway.

An investigation continues.

The fatality is the second on Kauai this year.


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