Police say an 86-year old Kailua-Kona man died after his own sport-utility vehicle ran over him in a bizarre traffic incident Sunday morning on Pueo Road in Holualoa.
The victim has been identified as Edgar William Schwoyer.
Officers responding to an 8:01 a.m. call determined Schwoyer got out of his white 1999 Ford Ranger on Pueo Road. The SUV then then rolled backwards over him before striking two rocky embankments and then coming to a rest on the.
Schwoyer was taken to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:05 a.m.
Police do not believe speed was a factor in the crash and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Schwoyer’s death is the 16th official traffic fatality this year compared to 21 at this time last year. There are three road-related deaths that police don’t count toward the official traffic fatelity total, however, two because the victims’ deaths were ruled caused by a medical condition. The other was because the fatal collision occurred within federal jurisdiction in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229.