Future of 5 Ends in Tragic Car Accident – Pahala
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Future of 5 Ends in Tragic Car Crash.
Five people, including a nine-year-old boy, have died after a fiery two-vehicle collision between Pahala and Punaluu Black Sand Beach, police said. Island News live coverage as officials closed Highway 11 for several hours reopening it just before 4 p.m.
At the tragic scene three men and a woman who lost their lives. The fifth a boy who initially survived the crash was taken in extreme critical condition to Ka’u Hospital and then taken by helicopter to Kona Community Hospital, where he later died, according to Hawaii News Now. (RIP)
Investigators told Island News Hawaii the crash happened near milepost 54 between Pahala and the Punaluu Black Sand Beach at about 10:15 a.m. . Police said speed was a factor when a southbound 2012 Nissan Altima crossed over the center line into oncoming northbound traffic.
Island News: “I believe their was one witness behind the Nissan, and again the witness says the Nissan had crossed the center line,” said Hawaii Police Sgt. Gali. “We’re still going to need to determine why the driver crossed the center line, but that’s what we have right now.”
The 65-year-old Richard Taylor and 56-year-old Trini Ballesteros, both of Naalehu were identified as the man and woman in the pickup truck by Family members . They told Island News the two were in Taylor’s Ford F-350 pickup truck heading to Hilo.
Both vehicles sustained extreme front end damage in the collision. The pickup also burst into flames in the impact, according to sources at Island News Hawaii. Hawaii Police said the deaths bring the Big Island’s traffic death toll to 7 so far this year, compared to none a year ago.
Reporting from Pahala, Hawaii