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Kona fatality (update) 08-08-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
Report No. C12021130


Media Release (update)

A 19-year-old Waikoloa man died Tuesday (August 7) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway 200 feet south of Kaiminani Drive on July 30 has been identified as Wyland K.B. Damaso of Waikoloa.

Responding to a 10:43 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that Damaso was operating a 2012 Ford four-door sedan and traveling north on the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2001 Isuzu van being operated by a 54-year-old Kailua-Kona man.

Both men were wearing their seat belts. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Fire Rescue personnel took Damaso to Kona Community Hospital. He was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center.

The Kailua-Kona man was treated and released from Kona Community Hospital.

Damaso died at Queen’s at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday (August 7).

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation.

This is the 24th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 15 at this time last year.