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Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Vehicle in North Kona

June 14, 2022, 10:25 PM HST
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A Kailua-Kona woman is dead after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway near the Palani Road intersection Tuesday evening.

Hawaiʻi police responded to the crash at approximately 5:06 p.m. Through the course of their investigation, authorities determined a silver 2011 Mercury Milan four-door sedan was heading south on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway when it struck the 62-year-old woman, later identified as Gloria Jean Sanchez, 150 yards north of the Palani Road intersection.

According to police, Sanchez was not in a crosswalk when she attempted to cross the multi-lane highway. The victim was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where she was later pronounced dead at 6 p.m.

The driver of the Mercury Milan, a 29-year-old Kailua-Kona man, was not injured in the collision.

Police do not believe that speed or impairment are factors in the collision and the Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Len Hamakado at 808-326-4646 ext. 229, or email at [email protected]. Citizens who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.

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This is the 19th traffic fatality this year compared to 11 at this time last year.

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