3-25-24 Two Women Killed in Three-Vehicle Collision in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police Department
Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Jeremy Riddle
Phone: (808) 961-2339
Report No.: 24-027781

Media Release

Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a three-vehicle traffic collision in Hilo on Saturday, March 23, 2024, that left two women dead.

Responding to the reported traffic collision at 5:44 p.m., police learned that a 2007 Honda Accord was traveling south on Kanoelehua Avenue, near Piilani Street, when it lost control and veered into and across the grassy center median into oncoming north-bound traffic. The Honda clipped the rear end of a 2016 Acura sedan before being broadsided by a 2019 Subaru Forester.

A 20-year-old woman from Hilo who was operating the Acura did not report any injuries at the time of the collision and the vehicle sustained minor damage.

A 19-year-old woman from Hilo who was operating the Subaru, also did not report any injuries at the time of the collision, however the Subaru sustained major damage and was inoperable.

The driver of the Honda, 42-year-old Aja-Ly Iopa, from Hilo, and the front seat passenger, 43-year-old Sencirea Cabral, from Kurtistown, were unresponsive at the scene and transported to Hilo Medical Center where they were pronounced deceased at 6:25 p.m. Both women appeared to not be wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision. Autopsies have been ordered to determine the exact causes of death.

The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit responded to the scene and initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation related to this traffic collision. At this time, police believe that speed and not using seatbelts appear to be the primary factors in the collision.

If anyone has information regarding this collision they may contact Officer Laurence Davis at (808) 961-2339, or via email at Laurence.Davis@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

This is the 10th & 11th traffic fatality of 2024 compared to five traffic fatalities this same time last year. They are also the 3rd and 4th traffic fatalities in a week on Hawai‘i Island roads.

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