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Victim in Kauai fatal head-on collision identified

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:10 a.m. HST, Mar 7, 2014

Kauai police identified the victim in a fatal head-on traffic collision on Tuesday night as 28-year-old Samuel Mitzel from Kilauea.

Mitzel was driving a Dodge SUV northbound on Kuhio Highway near Wailapa Road about 7:25 p.m. when a Ford pickup truck apparently crossed the center line, sideswiped a southbound Jeep SUV, and struck the vehicle Mitzel was driving. The collision overturned the Dodge, the Kauai Police Department said.

The driver of the Ford truck, a 51-year-old Kilauea man, was arrested on Wednesday after his release from Wilcox Hospital on suspicion of negligent injury and negligent homicide. He was released pending investigation.

A 55-year-old Kilauea man, who was a passenger in the SUV, was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and then flown to the Queen's Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition, police said. The Jeep's driver, a 50-year-old woman, was taken to Wilcox for treatment and was later released.

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