Utah visitor dies in car crash on Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island police have identified the man who died Wednesday. Sept. 10, from injuries he received in a single-vehicle collision on Kohala Ranch Road and Olomana Road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala.

He has been identified as 60-year-old Christopher A. Sprecher of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Responding to a 4:05 p.m. call, police determined that a 1998 Toyota Land Rover sports-utility vehicle was traveling east on Kohala Ranch Road at the intersection with Olomana Road when he lost control, ran off the right shoulder and collided with a tree.

Fire Rescue took him to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:55 pm.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Because this crash occurred in private gated subdivision, the death is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.

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