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93-Year-Old Woman Dies in Single-Vehicle Traffic Crash

March 9, 2016, 3:33 PM HST
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badge 123A 93-year-old woman died Tuesday after being involved in a vehicle crash on Monday.

HPD identified the woman as Feliza Padilla of Hilo, a passenger in the single-vehicle crash on Kaiwiki Road.

Officers responded to a 1:18 p.m. call, where they determined that a 68-year-old Michigan woman was operating a 1990 Oldsmobile four-door sedan that was traveling west on the 800 block of Kaiwiki Road. The car ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.

The driver, who was not identified, along with her 71-year-old husband and Padilla, were taken by the Hawai’i County Fire Department to the Hilo Medical Center.

Both the driver and Padilla were later flown to The Queens’ Medical Center.

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Padilla died on Tuesday at 6:27 p.m.

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Authorities say it is currently unknown if speed was a factor of if the vehicle’s occupants were wearing seat belts.

Alcohol or drug use are not suspected in the case.

A negligent homicide investigation has been initiated by Traffic Enforcement Unit officers and an autopsy has been order to determine the exact cause of death.

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Anyone with information about the crash should call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2293.

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