A 31-year-old man was seriously injured in a traffic collision in Kona

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A 30-year-old man was seriously injured in an early morning crash in North Kona, Hawaii Island police said.

Hawai’i Island Police Department traffic investigators said the incident happened on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, near the intersection of Henry Street, around 2 a.m. Sunday.

A 31-year-old man was driving a 2004 Nissan 350Z convertible southbound when he nearly struck a pedestrian crossing the highway in a marked crosswalk, police said.

Officials said the Nissan then lost control, struck several large rocks on the west side of the highway, and rolled several times before coming to a stop.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was thrown more than 300 feet from the vehicle, officials said.

The driver was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.

He was later transferred to the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for further treatment.

Police believe that excessive speed was a factor in the accident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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