Hawai‘i Ranks 2nd in US for Highest Number of Traffic Fatalities in 2017October 18, 2017, 3:05 PM HST (Updated October 19, 2017, 9:13 AM)
Statewide traffic fatality data was released by the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation to inform the public of the current fatality numbers. The released data is an effort to reduce the state’s motorist, bicyclist, and pedestrian numbers toward the goal of zero deaths.
**To be considered a motor vehicle fatality in the state of Hawaii, the fatal crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a traffic way customarily open to the public and must result in a death of at least one person (occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash.
2017 Traffic Fatalities in Hawai‘i County:
On Oct. 14, a 49-year old Hilo man died following a two-vehicle crash in the Hāmākua District.
On Sept. 2, a woman died from injuries sustained in the two-vehicle crash on Highway 19 near the Honomū Transfer Station Road.
On Aug. 27, a 43-year-old Paʻauilo man died following a single vehicle crash in Paʻauilo.
On Aug. 24, a 39-year-old Pāhoa man died following a two-vehicle crash in Pāhoa.
On Aug. 17, a 71-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died as the result of a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 190 at the 33-mile marker in Kailua-Kona.
On Aug. 13, a 25-year-old Captain Cook man died following a single vehicle crash in Kailua-Kona.
On July 18, a 22-year-old Hilo woman died following a single-vehicle crash in Hilo.
On June 7, a man died from injuries sustained in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 19 near the 37 Mile Marker in Paʻauilo.
On May 29, a 25-year-old Kailua-Kona man died in a two-vehicle traffic collision on Highway 11 north of the 69 Mile Marker in Na‘alehu.
On May 22, a 71-year-old Hilo man died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 11 in Keaʻau.
On May 14, a man died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 130, near the Shower Drive and Pōhaku Drive intersection in Keaʻau.
On May 14, a soldier was killed in a training incident that occurred at the intersection of the Daniel Inouye Highway and Māmalahoa Highway in Puʻuanahulu, North Kona.
On May 1, a 15-year-old Honokaʻa boy died following a one-vehicle crash in Honokaʻa.
On April 28, a 48-year-old Hilo man died following a single-vehicle crash on Highway 11 just south of the 99 mile marker.
On April 16, a 14-year-old Pāhoa boy died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash that occurred two days prior.
On March 27, a 20-year-old Paʻauilo woman died following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 270 just south of the 13 Mile Marker.
On March 15, an 88-year-old Texas resident died following a three-vehicle crash in Hilo.
On March 12, a woman died from injuries sustained in a one-car car crash on Mauna Kea Access Road.
On March 7, a 3-year-old Hilo girl died following a vehicle crash in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 100 block of Puʻuʻeo Street.
On Feb. 2, a 59-year-old Kailua-Kona man died from a truck and motorized cycle crash in Kaupulehu in North Kona near the 27-mile marker of Māmālahoa Highway (Route 190).
On Jan. 23, a 42-year-old Hilo woman died from a single-vehicle crash on Haku Nui Road in Captain Cook.
On Jan. 21, a 42-year-old Kona man died in a vehicle-bicycle crash in Kona near the 98-mile marker of Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway.
On Jan. 6, a 34-year-old Ocean View woman died following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 11 just north of the 96-mile marker.
On Jan. 5, a man died following a two-vehicle crash in Pāhoa.
HDOT urges motorists and pedestrians to do their part towards reducing preventable deaths on Hawai‘i roadways by educating themselves on safe driving and walking practices.
In 2016, speeding, alcohol and/or drug impaired, and distracted driving contributed to many of the 120 preventable deaths on Hawai‘i’s public roads.
More information can be found through HDOT’s Safe Communities Program.
HDOT would like to ask the public to help prevent Hawai‘i’s next traffic fatality by driving sober, aware, and according to the laws of the road.