Big Island Suffers Two Weekend Traffic Fatalities
By Wendy Osher
A 41-year-old Hilo man died Sunday, July 24, 2011 of injuries suffered in a two-car crash on the Big Island. The accident was reported at 9:41 p.m. on Hawai’i Belt Road (Route 19), about a half-mile north of the 11-mile marker in Pepe’ekeo.
The man who died was operating a 1996 Infinity four-door sedan, and was traveling north when he crossed the center-line and collided with a 2005 Honda multi-purpose vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
Authorities say the man who died was not wearing a seat belt. Hawai’i Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash, and have initiated a negligent homicide investigation. They have not yet determined if speed also played a factor.
The occupants of the Honda were all being treated for minor injuries at the Hilo Medical Center.
The accident was the fourteenth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year.
On another note, a 22-year-old Kurtistown man died Sunday, July 24, 2011 from injuries he sustained in a two-car crash in Kea’au.
Big Island police have since identified the man as Ikeole Filoteo.
The accident was reported at 3:34 a.m. on Route 130 near the 4-mile marker. According to police reports, Filoteo was operating a 1999 Mazda four-door sedan and traveling south on Route 130 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2008 Toyota two-door sedan traveling in the opposite direction.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated an investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
*** Supporting information courtesy Hawai’i Police.