Big Island man dies due to car collapse

Big Island Police - Hawaii County Police

Hawaii island police report that a 58-year-old Honokaa man died after a car he was working on fell on him.

At 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Honokaa patrol officers responded to a home on the 45-3200 block of Ohia St. 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 determined that Jones died from asphyxiation do to traumatic chest compression.

The case will be reclassified as a home accident.

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