One person fatally injured, another seriously injured, and one in custody following a single-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Ka'ohe, South Kona Friday evening (May 21st).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) and Utah (Hurricane) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Māmalahoa Highway) in South Kona Friday evening (May 21st).
The initial call came in at 8:27 pm Friday evening and HFD Crews from the Captain Cook and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located near the 95-mile marker in Ka'ohe, South Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a single-vehicle (described as an older model Chevy Full-Size Pickup Truck) was attempting to pass another vehicle on Highway 11 by the 95-mile marker when the operator of the pickup (described as a male in his 30s) lost control and struck a rocky embankment/tree along the highway and rolled over before going down an embankment along the makai (ocean) side of Highway 11.
In the course of the collision, one of the passengers of the pickup (described as a male child under the age of 10, who unrestrained at the time of the collision) was ejected and landed on the roadway, conscious and suffering from serious injuries. The operator of the pickup had self-extricated with no apparent injuries, however, another passenger inside the pickup (described as also a male in his teens) was reported to be entrapped and unresponsive. Numerous bystanders (which included an off-duty nurse) at the scene later extricated the male passenger to the top of the embankment and began life-saving measures until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medic personnel immediately took over life-saving measures on the male passenger and also began medical treatment and assessment on the male child and male operator. HFD Medic from HOVE then transported the male child to the Kona Community Hospital for further medical treatment, with his condition listed as serious at the time of transport.
However, HFD Medic personnel conducting life-saving measures on the adult male passenger later ceased all measures and declared the male patient DOA at the scene. The male operator refused further medical treatment or transport by an HFD Medic.
Following the declaration made by HFD Medic personnel, HPD Officers closed Highway 11 between the 94 to 96-mile markers in South Kona while HPD Officers from TEU arrived at the scene to begin their investigation into the collision.
The male operator of the pickup was then taken into custody by HPD Officers at the scene and later transported by HPD to the Kona Community Hospital for further medical treatment and evaluation as a precaution.
Highway 11 between the 94 to 96-mile marker in Ka'ohe, South Kona was cleared and later reopened to all traffic just before 1:00 am early Saturday morning (May 22nd).
This is the 11th traffic fatality to occur on Hawaii Island Roadways in 2021.