Speed a factor in deadly Kamuela crash

Published On: May 08 2013 09:51:20 AM HST
KAMUELA, Hawaii -

A 25-year-old woman from Hawi died Tuesday from injuries she received in a one-vehicle crash on North Kaniku Drive at the entrance of the Fairmont Orchid Hotel in Kamuela.

Responding to a 7:57 p.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that the driver was operating a 2006 Toyota four-door sedan and traveling west on North Kaniku Drive when she ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a storage building.

The woman was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:48 p.m.

The driver was wearing a seat belt.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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