UPDATE: One Person Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash
***Updated at 9 p.m. to include additional information from the Hawai’i Police Department.***
Police have identified a man who died in an early Saturday morning crash.
The Hawai’i Police Department says 27-year-old Laupahoehoe man Daven Dolan died from injuries he sustained following a two-vehicle collision that took place near the nine mile marker on Highway 19.
Just after 4 a.m., HPD received a call regarding the accident. Police learned that Dolan was operating a 2006 Lexus sedan as he traveled north on Highway 19 when he crossed the center line and hit a 2008 GMC Master delivery truck that was traveling south on the roadway.
Dolan was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:40 a.m.
Police have not released the identity of the 37-year-old man in the GMC truck, but report that he was transported to the Hilo Medical Center and later taken to The Queen’s Medical Center for further treatment.
HPD believes that alcohol may have contributed to the crash, and a negligent homicide case has been initiated. An autopsy has also been ordered to determine the exact cause of Dolan’s death.
***Updated at 9:15 a.m. to include road reopening.***
Highway 19 between Kulaimano Road and Onomea Scenic Route has been reopened.
***Original story posted at 7:27 a.m.***
The Hawai’i County Fire Department responded to a vehicle accident along Highway 19 in the Old Onomea Road area just after 4 a.m. Saturday, where one person died.
Two vehicles, a “box” truck, and sedan reportedly hit head on. HFD officials say each vehicle had only one occupant and that both parties were pinned in their vehicles due to the damage caused by the accident.
Upon arrival, HFD personnel used spreaders and cutters to release the occupant of the truck. The man was treated and transported to Hilo Medical Center. As of 7 a.m., the condition of the man was unknown
The occupant of the sedan, who has not been identified, was dead on arrival. At the request of the Hawai’i Police Department, HFD personnel extricated the body using speaders and cutters.
Highway 19 was closed to traffic between Kulaimano Road and Onomea Scenic Route. HFD says vehicles are being detoured through the Onomea Scenic Route.
The accident is being investigated by the Hawai’i Police Department.