One person seriously injured following a single-vehicle collision into Wailoa River/Small Boat Harbor Wednesday afternoon (June 23rd).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo and Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision at the Wailoa Small Boat Ramp/River Wednesday afternoon (June 23rd).
The initial call came in 3:24 pm Wednesday afternoon and HFD Crews from the Waiākea and Central Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol and DLNR - DOCARE Officers responded to the scene located at Wailoa River/Small Boat Harbor.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came in from bystanders reporting a vehicle (described as a Charcoal Grey Honda Civic 4-Door) had veered off of Manono Street near the Kuawa Street intersection, clipping an electrical pole ground guidewire, through the parking lot of the Wailoa Small Boat Harbor, colliding with stationary water regulator/tire pylon, and then going over the pier into the Wailoa River. Bystanders rush the vehicle's location and worked to keep the vehicle afloat and extricate the operator (described as a male in his 20s) from the vehicle. The male operator was reported to have been unconscious at the time of the report.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, numerous HPD Officers jumped into the water and assisted bystanders with extricating the male operator from the vehicle bring him back up to the parking lot of Wailoa Small Boat Harbor to an awaiting HFD Medic. The male operator was reported to have been semi-conscious following extrication from the vehicle.
HFD Medic personnel then took over medic care on the male operator and later transported him to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition for further treatment.
HPD continues to investigate the incident and it's unknown at this time if a medical condition or fatigue played a factor in the collision.