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Puna fatality 06-28-08 (posted 06-30-08)
Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
June 28, 2008
Report No. C08019975
A 20-year-old Pahoa man died Saturday (June 28) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Kahakai Boulevard and Opelu Street in Hawaiian Beaches.
The victim was identified as Jonathan W. Tripp-Andrade of a Pahoa address.
Responding to a 6:31 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1989 Honda 2-door sedan and traveling in a northeasterly direction on Kahakai Boulevard when he collided with a 2008 Chrysler multi-purpose vehicle making a left turn from Kahakai Boulevard onto Opelu Street.
The driver of the Chrysler, a 54-year-old California woman, and her passengers, a 72-year-old woman and two boys, ages 15 and 13 were not injured.
Tripp-Andrade was transported to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m.
Police do not believe that alcohol was involved but believe speeding was a contributing factor in the crash.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Clarence Davies at 961-8118.
This is the 13th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 16 at the same time last year.
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