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South Kohala fatality 03-06-10 (posted 03-08-10)
Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
March 6, 2010
Report No. C10006658
A 28-year-old Hilo man died Saturday (March 6) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway , .3 miles south of the 71-mile marker.
Responding to a 1:15 a.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1989 Honda four-door sedan and traveling north on the highway when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2010 Kia multi-purpose vehicle traveling south.
The driver of the Kia, a 21-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona, and her passenger, a 28-year-old man from Kamuela, were transported by Fire Rescue personnel to North Hawaii Community Hospital.
The woman was flown to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu and was listed in critical condition.
The passenger was still confined to North Hawaii Community Hospital.
Both drivers were not wearing their seat belts while the front seat passenger was.
The victim was pronounced dead at 5:28 a.m. at Kona Community Hospital.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Andres Fojas at 961-8889.
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