UPDATE: Second Victim Identified in Mountain View Crash
Updated 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 9 with the identity of the second victim who perished.
A deadly vehicle crash in Mountain View on Wednesday afternoon claimed the lives of two male occupants after their vehicle reportedly ran off the road and struck a utility pole.
At 3:50 pm, Hawai`i Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a one-vehicle accident on North Glenwood Road (near Hirano Store), finding a power pole severed and a 1999 Honda CRV pinned against a tree with two occupants trapped inside.
According to HFD officials, one occupant was apparently dead on arrival, while the other was unresponsive and suffering from agonal respirations.
Rescuers used hydraulic power tools to extricate the second occupant, and applied an EKG which showed the victim no longer had signs of life.
HFD personnel then waited for a tow truck to turn the vehicle upright to allow for safer access to the other (already deceased) victim. Once the vehicle was in an upright position, rescuers extricated the man’s body.
The scene of the accident has been turned over to Hawai`i Police Department personnel for investigation.
According to officials from the Hawai`i Police Department, the driver has been identified as Patrick W. Agcalon of Mountain View. On Friday, August 9 police identified his passenger as 54-year-old Dino G. Capello, also of Mountain View.
Police believe that both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide and coroner’s inquest investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
The accident brought Hawai`i island’s traffic fatalities to a total of 21. At this same time last year, there were 23 vehicle deaths on the Big Island.