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Puna Information Update for December 12th, 2019

HPD more releases details on fatal two-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 11 in Mountain View Wednesday afternoon (December 11th).

The HIRSC team has received photos from the scene of the collision from our followers, however, due to the nature of the incident and apart of the HIRSC policy, we do not post any pictures of any incident or scene that involve serious, critical or fatal injuries, the policy is a courtesy for the victim's families and friends. Thank you to everyone for their understanding in this matter. - HIRSC Team

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 961-2391 Report No. 19-097409

A female died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Wednesday afternoon (December 11) on Highway 11, near the 13-mile marker.

The identification of the victim is still pending.

Responding to a 3:00 p.m. call, police determined that a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door-sedan was heading South (Mountain View bound) on Highway 11, when it crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, striking a 2010 Ford F-350 pickup truck that was heading North (Hilo bound).

The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu was not responsive at the scene and was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.  The driver of the Ford F-350 pickup truck, a 57-year-old male from Hilo did not sustain any injuries in the crash. 

Police believe that speed was a factor in the crash.

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

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Erhard Autrata of the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit at 961-2339.

This is the 24th traffic fatality this year compared to 29 at this time last year.

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