Two killed in four-vehicle crash in Puna 08-21-03

PHONE: 961-2332
AUGUST 21, 2003


Two persons died Wednesday (August 20, 2003) of injuries they suffered in a four-vehicle collision on Volcano Highway (Route 11) just south of the entrance to Kamehameha Schools.

The victims were identified as Conchita Tenorio, 36, and Loreto Tenorio Jr., 33, of Kurtistown, Puna, who were the driver and front passenger of a 1993 Subaru four-door.

Responding to a 6:24 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that a 1999 Mazda pickup was traveling north when it crossed the centerline and struck the southbound Subaru. The Mazda truck then struck a white 1994 Nissan two-door, and debris from the impact struck a fourth car.

Heavy rainfall at the time was a factor in the collision.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are continuing an investigation into the collision and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are also asking any witnesses or anyone with information about the accident to call Officer Robert Hatton of the TEU at 961-2332.

The two deaths are the 19th and 20th traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared to 17 at the same time last year.

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