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Keaau woman killed, 2 others injured in Big Island crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:58 a.m. HST, Jan 6, 2014

A 53-year-old Keaau woman died Saturday following a two-car collision, Hawaii County's first traffic death of the year.

Big Island police initiated a negligent homicide investigation and ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

It does not appear that alcohol or drugs were involved, but speed was a factor in the crash, police said.

The woman was driving a 2001 Mercury, four-door sedan and traveling north on Route 130 when she crossed the center median and collided with a 1999 Mercedes Benz multi-purpose vehicle traveling south. 

Fire rescue personnel took the driver of the Mercedes, a 56-year-old woman also from Keaau, and her 23-year-old daughter to Hilo Medical Center.

The driver of the Mercury was pronounced dead at 11:26 p.m. at Hilo Medical Center. 

The collision occurred on Route 130, south of the Route 139 intersection in Keaau just before 8:30 p.m. 

All occupants were wearing their seatbelts. 

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call officer Casey Cabral at 961-8889. 

This is the first traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared with none at the same time last year.

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