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Police identify woman killed in Kona crash

A 71-year-old woman who died Thursday in a two-vehicle collision on Hawaii island has been identified as Bernadette Chock of Kailua-Kona.

Police said a 48-year-old Kailua-Kona man was driving a 2009 Nissan Frontier pickup northbound on Highway 190 when he crossed the center line near the 33-mile marker at about 2:40 p.m. The Nissan slammed head-on into an oncoming 2007 Honda CR-V.

Chock, who was driving the Honda, was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she died. An autopsy will determine her exact cause of death.

Police said Chock’s passenger, a 73-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with injuries.

The truck’s driver also sustained injuries and remained at the hospital today.

Police said inattention was a factor in the crash.

This was the 23rd traffic-related fatality on the Big Island compared to 15 at this time last year.

Police have initiated a negligent homicide investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call police officer Kimo Keliipaakaua of the Hawaii Police Department at 326-4646 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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