Washington state man killed in Hawaii Island crash identified

A 62-year-old Washington state man killed in a crash on Hawaii Island has been identified.

It happened just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Route 137 (Kalapana-Kapoho Road) near the 17 mile marker.

Officials say when Puna patrol officers found the driver, Richard Frank Rice of Mill Creek, Wash., dead inside a silver 2015 Hyundai Elantra four-door sedan.

He was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, Sept. 9, but police are awaiting toxicology results before making a final determination.

Police ask any witnesses who may have seen the vehicle between 7:45 p.m. and 8:38 p.m. or anyone with any other information about this case to call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2332.

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