Kauai police have confirmed this year’s second traffic fatality following a single-vehicle collision that occurred in Lihue early Friday morning.
According to police, a Toyota pickup truck was traveling west on Rice Street at around 3:50 a.m., when it drifted off the roadway and sideswiped a utility pole at the corner of Rice and Eiwa Street. The truck then struck another utility pole fronting the Kaua'i Museum.
The male driver, 25, of Lihue, was transported to Wilcox Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have identified him as Rico Yap.
The driver had no passengers in his truck at the time of the collision.
Police closed Rice Street, between Haleko Road and Umi Street, for roughly three hours to allow officers to conduct an on-scene investigation and clear the roadway of debris.
Rice Street was reopened in both directions at 7 a.m. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.