Naalehu man dies in single-car crash

A 35-year-old Naalehu man died following a single-car collision Sunday on Kamaoa Road in Naalehu, 0.7 miles east of South Point Road.

Police identified the victim as Paul Ray Roby.

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Officers responding to a 9:55 a.m. call determined Roby was driving a white 2000 Mercedes-Benz convertible east, ran off the right shoulder on the makai side of the roadway. The convertible went down an 8-foot embankment and struck several trees before overturning on its top.

Roby was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:27 p.m.

Police think speed and alcohol are factors in the crash.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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Witnesses to the fatal crash are asked to call Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229, or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

Roby’s death is the 22nd official traffic fatality this year compared to 28 at this time last year.

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