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Crash victim ID’d as Waianae woman

The woman who died after her kart crashed into a pickup truck Tuesday in Makaha was identified by the city Medical Examiner’s Office as Janette Ellis, 41, of Waianae.

Ellis died Friday at the Queen’s Medical Center from injuries suffered in the crash.

Police said Ellis was traveling south on Makaha Valley Road when she made a right turn onto Kaulaili Road, apparently making a wide turn to avoid a large puddle in the intersection.

The kart went into the path of an oncoming Ford pickup truck. The woman driving the pickup was not hurt.

Gunshots fired, suspects sought

Police opened an attempted-murder case after someone fired shots into a car in Haleiwa early Friday.

Police said a man, 47, was asleep in his parked vehicle about 2:50 a.m. on Twin Bridge Road, about a quarter-mile east of Kamehameha Highway, when he was approached by two acquaintances who spoke to him briefly before leaving the area.

About a minute or two later, several shots were fired into his vehicle, shattering the front and rear windows and nearly hitting him, police said.

Police searched for suspects but made no arrests.

2 men hurt in collision of pickups

Two men were injured, one critically, when two pickup trucks collided on Likelike Highway Friday night.

The crash happened at the intersection of Likelike Highway and Valley View Drive about 10:43 p.m.

Police said a 1993 white Ford F-150 pickup truck headed toward Honolulu turned left into the path of an oncoming 2008 white Ford F-350 pickup.

The driver of the F-150 pickup, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck, police said. The 36-year-old Honolulu man suffered critical injuries.

The driver of the Ford F-350 pickup was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in good condition. Police said the 35-year-old Honolulu man was wearing a seat belt.

Police said speed may have been a factor in the crash.


70-year-old rescued in lava field

Big Island firefighters rescued a woman in her early 70s who broke her ankle Friday while hiking across a lava field.

The woman fell about 5:30 p.m. about a mile into the lava field from the end of Kalapana Road, firefighters said.

A fire helicopter lowered two firefighters onto the trail to stabilize the woman, then turned around to pick up more medical supplies. It returned and took the woman to paramedics waiting on Kalapana Road.

Kalapana Road was closed for about 10 minutes while the woman was transferred to paramedics.

Firefighters said the woman had facial injuries as well as a broken left ankle. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center.


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