HPD Reports Traffic Fatalities in Puna and Kona

Puna fatality 10-23-11

Hawaii Police Department — A 53-year-old Hilo woman died Sunday (October 23) from injuries she sustained in a motorcycle crash on Kapoho-Pahoa Road .2 miles south of the 2-mile marker,

Responding to a 2:55 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1999 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kapoho-Pahoa Road, when she ran off the right side of the road, lost control and struck a guardrail.

She was not wearing a helmet.

Fire Rescue personnel took her to Hilo Medical Center, where she died at 6:48 p.m.

Police believe that speed may have been a factor in this crash. They do not suspect any alcohol or drug use.

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

Kona fatality 10-23-11

A 44-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona died Sunday (October 23) from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Miloliʻi Road, 3.7 miles west of the Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 11) in South Kona.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Karen Alani-Powell of a Kailua-Kona address.

Responding to a 12:04 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the driver was operating a 1987 multi-purpose vehicle and traveling east on Miloliʻi Road when she lost control and ran off the road into a lava field.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

She was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:22 a.m.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were factors in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in both cases, and have ordered autopsies to determine the exact cause of death.

There have been 18 traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year compared with 23 at this time last year.

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