Teenager Dies in Pahala Single Vehicle Crash
A negligent homicide investigation has been initiated following the death of a 16-year-old girl as a result of a sing-vehicle crash in Pahala Wednesday night.
Police have identified the girl as Leiani Camba-Penera.
The Hawai’i Police Department, in response to a 9:21 p.m. call Wednesday night, determined that a 1994 Toyota pickup truck under the operation of an 18-year-old Na’alehu man ran off the right shoulder and struck a utility pole as the vehicle was traveling south on Route 11, seven-tenths of a mile from the 41-mile marker. The man reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.
Camba-Penera, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m. Thursday.
The driver of the vehicle was also taken to Hilo Medical Center to treat injuries he sustained.
Speed and drugs are believed to be a possible contribution to the traffic fatality.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, Ext. 299.
Individuals who wish to remain anonymous may call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.
This is the first traffic fatality on Big Island roadways in 2015, compared to two at this time in 2014.