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Single-Car Crash in Captain Cook Leaves Kona Woman Dead

March 20, 2021, 9:55 AM HST
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A 19-year-old Kailua-Kona woman is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Captain Cook Friday night, March 19.

Hawai‘i Police Department responded to the incident at 7 p.m. During the course of their investigation, they determined a black 2010 Infinity four-door sedan heading east (mauka) on Ke Ala O Keawe Road crossed the double solid yellow line near mile marker three, drove into a guardrail, went airborne, and then down an embankment.

After the vehicle came to rest at the bottom of the embankment, it was fully engulfed in fire, officials stated in a press release this morning.

The driver, 19-year-old Roman Kozinskiy of Kailua-Kona, and the two female passengers, ages 19 and 24, were taken to Kona Community Hospital. The 19-year-old was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m.

The woman has not been positively identified pending dental records. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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Kozinskiy and the 24-year-old were treated and released. However, Kozinskiy was arrested for negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He is currently being held at the Kona cellblock pending further investigation.

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Police believe that speed and impairment were factors in the fatal crash.

HPD’s Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Cory Gray at 808-326-4646 ext. 229 or email at [email protected] Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.

This is the sixth traffic fatality this year compared to six at this time last year.

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