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Police identify woman killed in head-on crash on Big Isle

A 30-year-old Kailua-Kona woman was killed and two other people were injured following a head-on collision Thursday night on Hawaii Belt Road in Kailua-Kona, according to Big Island police.

The accident occurred at 9:26 p.m. near the 28.5 mile marker on Highway 190.

The victim was identified as Sarah Thurber of Kailua-Kona.

Big Island police said Thurber was traveling north on Hawaii Belt Road in a 2007 Kia sedan when her car crossed the centerline of the highway and crashed head-on into a 2016 Jeep SUV traveling south and operated by a 50-year-old California woman. The collision caused the Jeep to spin and collide with a 2016 Hyundai SUV, also traveling south, which was being operated by a 49-year-old Nevada woman.

The driver and passenger of the Jeep were taken to Kona Community Hospital, where they both are listed in stable condition.

The driver and passenger of the Hyundai were not injured.

Thurber was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital where she died at 12:45 a.m. this morning.

It was not immediately known if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Police ask 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.

This is the 21st traffic fatality in Hawaii County, compared with 15 at this time last year.

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