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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff


Tractor-trailer driver killed

A Big Island man was killed yesterday morning after the semi tractor trailer rig he was driving ran off the road and into a ravine in South Kohala.

The driver, Roger Gaspar, 39, of Honaunau, was pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital.

Gaspar was driving west on Kawaihae Road (Route 19) when his 1984 Freightliner tractor-trailer went out of control, ran off the road and plunged down a 30-foot embankment about 0.1 miles east of the 64imile marker.


Donation saves work program

Island Insurance Companies has donated $25,000 to the Lanakila Rehabilitation Center to replace vehicles and landscaping equipment damaged by heavy rain and flooding at its Aliamanu Military Reservation site this month.

Lanakila provides job training, adult daycare and food delivery for people with special needs. It employs clients for ground maintenance at Aliamanu, Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center, Pearl Harbor, Hickam Air Force Base and other sites.