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Victim of 2-vehicle crash in Kona identified

Hawaii County police today identified the victim of a two-vehicle crash in Kona Friday night as 34-year-old Mona Yoshitaro of Ocean View.

Yoshitaro was driving north on Highway 11 near the 96-mile marker in a 2003 Kia sedan when she crossed the center lane and collided head-on with a 2003 Nissan pickup truck heading south, police said in a statement.

The occupants of the truck, a 66-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman, both also from Ocean View, were taken to Kona Community Hospital and treated for their injuries.

Yoshitaro was also taken to Kona Community Hospital where she died at 11:55 p.m.

The exact cause of death will be determined pending an autopsy but police believe speed and inattention factored into the crash.

Yoshitaro was the 2nd traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared to none at the same time last year.

Police are urging anyone with may have witnessed the accident to call officer Christopher Kapua-Allison, 326-4646 ext. 229, or Crime Stoppers, 961-8300.

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