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Woman killed in Akoni Pule crash

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Big Island police Sunday, Dec. 14 arrested a 25-year-old Hawi man who was driving a car involved in a fatal crash in North Kohala.

The driver was arrested for first-degree negligent homicide and later released pending further investigation. He also was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant, excessive speeding and inattentive driving.

A 24-year-old woman passenger ejected from the 2006 Lexus sedan, which crashed on Akoni Pule Highway, near Kohala Ranch, was killed. Her identity has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin. 

North Kohala police responded to the scene at 3:57 a.m. and determined the sedan was heading north on Akoni Pule Highway when it apparently crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and overturned.

The woman passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver was arrested at 1:14 p.m. Saturday after being treated for injuries at North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Police are seeking witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information can call Officer Marvin Troutman at 808-326-4646, ext. 229.

The death is the Big Island’s 27th traffic fatality in 2008 as compared to 35 at the same time last year. That number includes 16 fatalities involving vehicles, 8 involving motorcycles, and three pedestrians.

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