Three people seriously injured following two separate ATV/UTV collisions that occurred in Puna and South Kona districts Monday afternoon (July 20th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Kamuela) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to two (2) separate collisions involving all-terrain/utility terrain vehicles around Hawaii Island Monday afternoon (July 20th). Both incidents occurred within a matter of an hour apart from each other.
The first incident occurred at 12:17 pm Monday afternoon and HFD crews from the Paradise Park Fire Station and HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the intersection of Pohaku Drive and 37th Avenue in Orchidland Estates subdivision in Puna.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came from bystanders in the area reporting a Polaris utility terrain vehicle (UTV) with two juveniles (male and female both the age of 13) aboard traveling at speed of 30 mph. UTV being operated by the juvenile male, lost control of the UTV and caused flipped onto its side and injuring both occupants. Both juveniles were restrained, but not wearing helmets, were able to safely extricate themselves from the UTV prior to emergency crews arriving at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately began a medical assessment on both juveniles and later transported both juveniles to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition for further medical treatment.
HPD officers continue to investigate the collision.
The second incident occurred at 1:16 pm Monday afternoon and HFD crews from the Captain Cook Fire Station and HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the intersection of Pu'uhonua Road and Lower Napo'opo'o Road (Highway 161) near Kealakekua Bay, South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a male party (described as being 19 years of age) was operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) had lost control of the ATV causing the vehicle to roll over and seriously injuring the male operator. Bystanders provided basic medical aid until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medics immediately began medical treatment and assessment of the male and later transported him to the Kona Community Hospital in serious condition.
HPD officers also continue to investigate the collision.