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Woman Dies as Result of Highway 190 Head-On Collision

August 21, 2017, 4:08 PM HST
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A 71-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died as the result of a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, on Highway 190 at the 33-mile marker in Kailua-Kona.

She has been positively identified as Bernadette Chock.

Responding to a 2:40 p.m. call, police determined that a 2009 Nissan Frontier operated by a 48-year-old Kailua-Kona man had been traveling north on Highway 190 when he crossed left of center and struck head on with a 2007 Honda CR-V being operated by Chock who was traveling south on Highway 190.

Following the collision, the 73-year-old male passenger of the Honda CR-V was taken to the Kona Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Chock was also transported to the Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:52 p .m.

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The 48-year-old male operator of the Nissan Frontier was also taken to the Kona Community Hospital where he continues treatment for his injuries.

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Police believe that inattention was a factor in the crash, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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This is the 23rd traffic fatality this year compared to 15 at this time last year.

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