Kamuela Information Update for January 2nd, 2020

A 42-year-old Kamuela woman killed in an auto vs pedestrian accident on Kawaihae Road in Kamuela Wednesday afternoon (January 1st).

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 229 Report No. 20-000206


A 42-year-old Kamuela woman died following a single-vehicle collision on Wednesday (January 1, 2020) on Kawaihae Road near the intersection of Puu Opelu Road. 


The 42-year-old female has been identified as Sylvia Elizabeth Ravaglia. 


Responding to a 3:08 p.m. call, police determined that a 34-year-old male from Kamuela was operating a gray 1990 Toyota pickup truck when he crossed the double solid yellow line and struck the pedestrian on the shoulder of the westbound lane. The 42-year-old female was transported to the Kona Community Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead at 7:44 p.m. (January 1, 2020).


The driver of the Toyota pickup was not injured in the collision. He was later arrested for Negligent Homicide.


Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the collision. 


An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.


The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.


This is the 1st Traffic Fatality to occur on Hawaii Island Roads for 2020.

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