POSTED: 3:58 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 4:33 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2012
The 61-year-old Kapaau woman who died Friday after a one-vehicle crash on Kohala Mountain Road, has been identified as Raylene H. Kawaiaea, Hawaii County police said today.
Responding to a 2:28 p.m. call Friday, officers determined that Kawaiaea was driving a 2006 Toyota pickup truck and traveling south on Kohala Mountain Road when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and struck a tree at the 9-mile marker in the South Kohala District.
Kawaiaea was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:47 p.m.
She was wearing a seat belt. It was reported that there was heavy fog in the area.
It was the seventh traffic fatality on Hawaii island this year, compared with five at this time last year.