Single-Car Crash in Palisades Leaves Woman Driver Dead

August 1, 2020, 8:07 AM HST (Updated August 1, 2020, 8:07 AM)

A woman is dead after a single-car crash on Kaiminani Drive early this morning.

At approximately 1:43 a.m., Hawai‘i Police Department’s Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash in the Palisades area.  According to police, the driver was traveling east up Kaiminani when she ran off the roadway, struck a light pole, and a rock wall by the intersection at Ili’ili Street and Kaiminani Drive.


The woman, in her mid-20s,  was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. Her identity has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.

HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Unit responded to the scene to investigate the crash. At 3:52 a.m., HPD announced it had closed the road on Kaiminani Drive between Rte 190 and Ili’Ili Street. The road was reopened at 5:11 a.m.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat. Tiffany is an award-winning journalist, receiving recognition from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Tiffany grew up on the Big Island and is passionate about telling the community’s stories.


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