Pahoa fatality 06-02-07 (posted 06-04-07)

PHONE: 961-2332
JUNE 2, 2007
REPORT NO. C07017651


A 24-year-old Hilo woman died Saturday (June 2) from injuries she sustained in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 130 and Post Office Road in Pahoa.

Responding to a 2:32 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that a 1990 Honda 4-door sedan was traveling east on Route 130 at a high rate of speed when it collided with a 2001 Mazda multi-purpose vehicle making a left turn from Post Office Road onto Route 130.

The 24-year-old Hilo woman, who was the driver of the Mazda, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected onto the roadway. She was then struck by a 1995 Acura 2-door-sedan which was traveling east and was being operated by a 17-year-old Pahoa girl.

The driver of the Honda, a 19-year-old Pahoa man was arrested at Hilo Medical Center for negligent homicide and driving under the influence of an intoxicant. He was released pending investigation being that he was in critical condition and was flown to the Queen’s Medical Center. He was also not wearing a seatbelt.

A 30-year-old man, who was a passenger in the Mazda was being treated at Hilo Medical Center in stable condition.

The driver of the Acura was not injured.

The 24-year-old victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 5:10 a.m.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide and driving under the influence of an intoxicant case. Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.

This is the 16th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with fourteen at the same time last year.

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