UPDATE: One Dead, Three Hurt in Kona Accident
by Josh Pacheco
A Hawaii County police official has confirmed that one person has died and three others were injured after a traffic accident on Kaiminani Drive in Kailua-Kona.
The victim was identified as 42-year-old Sheila Goto from Holualoa.
The accident was reported by local police at 9.33 a.m., when a utility truck with a bucket lift attachment allegedly clipped a low hanging wire above the road.
The force of the collision forced the truck to fall on its side, with part of the truck landing on a Ford truck on the opposite side of the road. The person who was killed was the driver of the Ford vehicle.
Kaiminani Drive reopened at approximately 3:10 p.m. this afternoon, after a boom truck mechanic was brought in to separate the boom truck from the pickup truck on the road. The road was closed for over five hours.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask that anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.