The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) continues to investigate a two-vehicle collision/apparent road rage incident that seriously injured two people on Highway 11 (Volcano Highway) in Mountain View, Puna early Sunday evening (August 29th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo and Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 (Volcano Highway) in Mountain View, Puna early Sunday evening (August 29th).
The initial call came in at 5:15 pm Sunday evening and HFD Crews from the Kea'au and Haihai Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the Puna Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located on Highway 11 near the 14-mile marker (or near the intersection of South Lauko Road) in Mountain View, Puna.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous 911 calls came in that two vehicles (being described as a Toyota 4-Door Sedan and midsize pickup) had collided on Highway 11 near the 14-mile marker in Mountain View. In the course of the collision, the Toyota sedan rolled over and the operator of the sedan (described as female in her 40s) was ejected, and another patient (described as a female in her 40s) was entrapped inside the pickup truck, the operator of the pickup truck (described as a male with age not disclosed) had self-extricated and denied any need for medical attention at the scene.
Bystanders later transported the female patient ejected from the sedan by private to the Kea'au Fire Station, while others provided basic medical care to the other female patient at the scene until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately worked to extricate the female patient inside the pickup truck and began treatment on the injured party at the scene. HFD Medic at the Kea'au Fire Station began medical treatment on the female patient transported by private vehicle to the station. HFD Medics then transported both female patients at the scene and at the Kea'au Fire Station to the Hilo Medical Center with their conditions listed as serious at the time of transport. The operator of the pickup truck had declined further medical treatment (or EMS) at the scene and remained under the custody of HPD.
It was later learned, that both vehicles involved in the collision were involved in an apparent road rage incident on Highway 11 prior to the collision, in which, the pickup truck had rear-ended the Toyota sedan at a high rate of speed, which caused the sedan to roll over and causing the patient (operator) to be ejected. It's unknown if the patient was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
Due to the apparent circumstances of the collision, HPD TEU Officers conducted a brief investigation into the collision and closed all lanes of Highway 11 for about 2 hours while they conducted an on-scene investigation on Sunday evening.
HPD will release further details from their investigation at a later time following the completion of the on-scene investigation and interviews with those involved.
HPD TEU Officers continue to investigate the incident.