HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT UNIT
SERGEANT SAMUEL V. JELSMA
APRIL 20, 2000
A 46-year-old Kona woman died early Thursday (April 20, 2000) after the vehicle she was driving ran off Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) and struck a utility pole in the Puuanahulu area of North Kona. A 28-year-old female passenger in the car was also critically injured in the crash.
The victim was identified as Daisy Thompson of a Kona Palisades subdivision address in Kailua-Kona.
Responding to a 3:35 a.m. call, police officers determined that the victim was driving her 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan north on the highway when she came to a right bend in the road near the 17-mile marker. The victim’s car failed to make the turn, crossed the centerline and ran off the left shoulder, colliding with a utility pole and shearing the pole off. The car then landed back on the roadway.
Thompson was taken to the Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at about 6 a.m. Her front seat passenger, identified as Cathleen Ishizu, of Holualoa, was taken to the North Hawaii Community Hospital, where she was confined in critical condition.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are continuing the investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Speed appears to have been a factor in the crash.
Thompson’s death is the 10th traffic fatality so far this year on the Big Island, compared to four at the same time last year.
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