South Kohala fatality 07-28-11

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Christopher D. Gali
Phone: 961-2332
July 28, 2011
Report No. C11019381

Media Release

A 25-year-old Waimea man died Wednesday (July 27) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash on Kawaihae Road (Route 19) .4 miles west of the 63-mile marker in Kamuela.

The driver was identified as Isaiah Lindsey of a Kamuela address.

Responding to a 5:44 p.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that Lindsey was operating a 1988 Ford multi-purpose vehicle and traveling east on Kawaihae Road when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2010 Toyota pickup truck traveling east and being operated by a 27-year-old woman from Kamuela.

Both drivers and a 31-year-old woman from Kamuela, who was a passenger in the Ford, were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital.

Lindsey was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m.

The female passenger was in serious condition and confined to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital.

The driver of the Toyota was treated and released with minor injuries.

Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 15th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 18 at this time last year.


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