A 31-year-old woman died after she was allegedly fell out of a pickup truck and was run over by one of its tires in Kailua-Kona over the weekend.
She has been identified as Bristol Thompson of Kona.
At approximately 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Thompson was in the front passenger seat of a 2015 Dodge Ram truck traveling south on Alii Drive near the intersection with Queen Kalama Avenue when she fell out of the truck and was run over by one of the rear tires, according to a news release from the Hawaii County Police Department.
It’s unknown at this time what happened inside the vehicle before she fell out.
Police said Thompson was taken to Kona Community Hospital in a personal vehicle and flown to Queen’s Medical Center where she was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon.
Police arrested the truck driver, a 20-year-old Kealakekua man, on suspicion of first-degree negligent injury and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was released pending further investigation.
The police department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation. An autopsy will be conducted to determine Thompson’s exact cause of death.
Anyone with information is asked to call police officer Justin Hooser at 326-4646 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300