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Suspected DUI Leaves One Dead, Child Injured in South Kona Collision

May 22, 2021, 11:03 AM HST
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A single-vehicle collision has left a teenager from Ocean View dead.

The victim has been positively identified as Alona Taetuna-Kaluau. He died on Friday, May 21, on Highway 11, approximately 0.1 mile south of the 95-mile maker in South Kona.

Responding to an 8:26 p.m. call, police determined that a black 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck was heading south when it lost control and drove off of the right (Makai) shoulder of the roadway. The pick-up then struck a tree and rolled over. The 18-year-old male passenger was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m.

The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, 30-year-old Bruce Kuahapio Kahele, and a 6-year-old male passenger, both from Ocean View, were taken to the Kona Community Hospital for treatment.  The driver was treated and later released.  The 6-year-old remains at the Kona Community Hospital for observation.

Kahele was arrested for Negligent Homicide, Negligent Injury, Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant (OVUII), Reckless Endangering and Child Restraint violation.  He is currently being held at the Kona Cellblock pending further investigation.

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Police believe that impairment is a factor in the collision. None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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The 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 Jason Foxworthy at 808-326-4646, ext. 229, or via email at [email protected].

This is the 11th traffic fatality this year compared to eight at this time last year.

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