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HPD Reports Kona Crash Fatality

September 16, 2016, 12:21 PM HST
* Updated September 16, 12:25 PM
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Big Island Now stock photo. June 2016.

Big Island Now stock photo. June 2016.

A 30-year-old woman died from a three-vehicle traffic crash Thursday evening, (Sept. 15, in North Kona near the 28.5 mile marker of Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 190).

She has been identified as Sarah Thurber of Kailua-Kona.

Responding to a 9:26 p.m. call, police determined that Thurber had been traveling north on Hawaiʻi Belt Road in a 2007 Kia sedan when the car crossed the centerline of the highway and crashed head-on into a 2016 Jeep SUV traveling south and operated by a 50-year-old California woman.

The collision caused the Jeep to spin and collide with a 2016 Hyundai SUV, also traveling south, which was being operated by a 49-year-old Nevada woman.

The driver and passenger of the Jeep were taken to Kona Community Hospital, where they both are listed in stable condition.

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The driver and passenger of the Hyundai were not injured.

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Thurber was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

It was not immediately known if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation.

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

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

This is the 21st traffic fatality this year compared with 15 at this time last year.

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