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23-Year-Old Dies in Captain Cook Crash

July 5, 2016, 10:02 AM HST
* Updated July 5, 10:04 AM
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badge hpd hawaii policeA 23-year-old woman died in a single-vehicle traffic crash Saturday evening, July 2, on Pu‘uhonua Road in Captain Cook north of Highway 160 and the three-mile marker.

She has been identified as Jessica E. U‘ulopa of Captain Cook.

Responding to an 8 p.m. call, police determined that U‘ulopa was the back-seat passenger in a 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser that was traveling south on Puʻuhonua Road.

The car ran off the west shoulder of the roadway, struck a lava rock wall and overturned, ejecting U‘ulopa into a lava field.

She was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, July 3. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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Police believe speed, inattention and alcohol were factors in this crash.

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The driver of the PT Cruiser, 21-year-old Matelita A. Taumoefolao of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.

She has been released pending further investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229.

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Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 12th traffic fatality this year compared with seven at this time last year.

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