Driver arrested after deadly crash in Kilauea

Published On: Mar 05 2014 02:51:55 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 06 2014 10:35:05 AM HST

James Monroe

KILAUEA, Hawaii -

Kauai police have arrested the driver involved in a fatal traffic crash in Kilauea Tuesday night.

James Monroe, age 51 of Kilauea, was arrested Wednesday morning for Negligent Injury and Negligent Homicide.  He has since been released from police custody pending an investigation.

Monroe was the driver of the Ford pickup truck that struck and killed a Kilauea man along Kuhio Highway at around 7:25 p.m. in Kilauea, just south of Wailapa Road.

According to police, the northbound Ford apparently crossed the center line and sideswiped a southbound Jeep SUV before crashing into a Dodge SUV.

The head-on collision caused the Dodge SUV to overturn, resulting in fatal injuries to the 28-year-old male driver.  Police identified the man as Samuel Mitzel of Kilauea.

Police have not yet released his identity.

The passenger in the Dodge, a 55-year-old Kilauea man, was initially taken to Wilcox Hospital, then flown to Queen's Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

The female driver of the Jeep SUV, age 50 of Kilauea, was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and has since been released.

Monroe was also treated at Wilcox Hospital following the crash. H e was arrested upon his release from the hospital early Wednesday morning.

The deadly traffic crash resulted in a six-hour closure of Kuhio Highway.  The highway was reopened in both directions at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

This is the first traffic fatality on Kauai in 2014.

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