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Big Island Man Dies When Car Falls On Top of Him

A 58-year-old Honokaʻa man died after a car he was working on fell on him.

HPDBadgeAt 4:10 p.m. Wednesday (July 9), Honokaʻa patrol officers responded to a home on the 45-3200 block of Ohia Street in Honokaʻa, where a man, identified as James Thomas Jones, was unresponsive under a van.

Investigation determined that Jones had been working on the jacked-up van when it collapsed onto him.

Fire/rescue personnel removed him from beneath the van. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was officially pronounced dead at 9:04 p.m.

Although detectives found no evidence of foul play, the case was initially classified as a coroner’s inquest pending an autopsy. The autopsy Friday morning (July 11) determined that Jones died from asphyxiation do to traumatic chest compression.

The case will be reclassified as a home accident.

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