38-Year-Old Kamuela Man Dies in Three-Vehicle Crash in North Kona

A 38-year-old Kamuela man died Thursday (July 12) from injuries he sustained in a three-vehicle crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway at the 82-mile marker in North Kona.

The driver who was killed was identified as Christopher M. Landers of a Kamuela address.

Picture of Chris Landers from his Facebook page

Responding to a 3:53 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a 49-year-old Kailua-Kona man was operating a 2000 Ford F350 pickup truck and traveling south on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when his left tire blew out causing him to lose control and sideswipe a 2011 Nissan Altima traveling north.

The Ford truck continued into the northbound lane and collided with a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck traveling north and being operated by Landers, who was not wearing a seat belt.

The 67-year old driver of the Nissan and her female passengers, ages 20, 38 and 44, all of Austin, Texas, were not injured.

The driver of the Ford truck was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

Landers was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m.

Police do not suspect alcohol, drugs or speed in connection with this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 16th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.

3 Responses

  1. Police report came, He WAS, IN FACT, WEARING HIS SEAT BELT, THEN IT WAS CUT BY RESCUE PERSONEL TO REMOVE HIS BODY. WE ALSO HAVE THE PICTURES THAT SHOW THE CUT SEATBELTS. MAHALO KE AKUA.

  2. Kyra, THANK YOU!! We all know this is not true. ALL of Chris’s family and friends know the truth. These articles that spread this untruth are so upsetting
    John Landers, On behalf of Christopher Landers and the Landers Family

  3. Get your facts right! Chris was wearing his seatbelt! He ALWAYS wore his seatbelt and I know that for a fact! His truck would not move if everyone wasn’t buckled up! And that’s a fact! I LOVE U CHRIS! You are already missed!

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