Two men were killed in a head-on crash early this morning in the North Kona near the 81-mile marker of Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
Killed in the crash were Thomas Callero, 48, of Waikoloa; and Stewart Kroll, 70, of Kailua-Kona.
Big Island police said Kroll was driving a 2004 Honda minivan traveling south on Queen Kaahumanu Highway at 1:02 a.m. when it crossed the centerline and was involved in a head-on collision with a 1999 Chevrolet van driven by Callero, which had been traveling north.
Callero was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he died at 3:05 a.m.
Kroll was also taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he died at 5:10 a.m.
It was not immediately known if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.
The traffic enforcement unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, extension 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.
These are the third and fourth traffic fatalities this year compared with five at this time last year.