One person fatally injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road) and Kaumana Drive Tuesday morning (June 2nd).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa/Hilo) Team
Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Captain Reed K. Mahuna Phone: (808) 961-2214 Report No. 20-042065 One person is killed in a two-vehicle crash this morning on Daniel K. Inouye Highway in Hilo. Just after 10:13 a.m. today, South Hilo Patrol officers and members of the Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit responded to a two-vehicle traffic crash near the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Kaumana Drive.
Police have preliminarily determined that a 2001 Kenworth semi-truck driven by a 58-year-old male party from Hilo was traveling Kona bound on Daniel K. Inouye Highway approaching the Kaumana Drive Intersection.
A 2007 Honda sports utility vehicle driven by an unidentified party initiated a left-hand turn from the Hilo bound lanes of Daniel K. Inouye Highway to head onto Kaumana Drive. The Honda SUV was struck broadside by the semi-truck.
The driver who has yet to be positively identified was dead at the scene and later pronounced officially at Hilo Medical Center. The driver of the semi-truck was also injured and taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.
The Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation in this case.
Anyone with information should call Officer Clifford Antonio at (808) 961-2339 or email at email@example.com.
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a critical (later fatal) two-vehicle collision on Daniel K. Inouye Highway near the intersection of Kaumana Drive in Kaumana Tuesday morning (June 2nd).
The initial call came in at 10:13 am Tuesday morning and HFD crews from the Kaumana, Kea'au, and Central Fire Stations along with HPD officers from the South Hilo Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located north of the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road/Highway 200) and Kaumana Drive (close to the 9-mile marker) in Kaumana.
Preliminary details at this time the HIRSC team has confirmed that a T-Bone type collision involving a semi-truck with no trailer and Honda Midsize SUV had collided at the intersection causing major damage to both vehicles.
HIRSC has also confirmed this is a fatal two-vehicle collision that occurred on Daniel K. Inouye Highway and roadway will be closed for a prolonged amount of time (approximately 5-6 hours) due to TEU officers conducting their investigation into the collision and also removal of the vehicles from the scene of the collision.
Daniel K. Inouye Highway is closed from Puainako Street Extension junction to Pohakuloa at Old Saddle Road junction and at the Highway 190 junction.
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