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Police identify woman who died in Big Isle crash


    Police have identified a 20-year-old woman who died following a two-car crash on Hawaii island Monday night.

A 20-year-old woman died following a two-vehicle crash Monday night on Hawaii island.

Police identified the woman as Makaylyn Kalani, 20, of Paʻauilo.

Kalani had been driving a 2008 Honda sedan north on Highway 270 near the 13-mile marker when it crossed the center line and collided with a 2009 Toyota pickup truck traveling south just before 8:40 p.m., police said.

The occupants of the truck, a 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, both of Kohala, were taken to the North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Kalani was taken to the Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:23 a.m. today.

Police believe speed and inattention were factors in the crash.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police have initiated an investigation and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison at 326-4646, ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo.

This is the 7th traffic fatality this year compared to five at this time last year.

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