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Big Island Woman Killed in North Kona Crash

July 15, 2022, 1:37 PM HST
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A Big Island woman has died following a crash in North Kona.

The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that a 63-year-old Kailua-Kona woman, identified as Rhonda Dee Freedman, died after a two-vehicle collision Thursday, July 14, at the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway (Highway 190) and Akina Place.

Upon responding to a 9:18 p.m. call, police determined a white 2019 Nissan Rogue operated by a 19-year-old Kailua-Kona man was heading south on Māmalahoa Highway when he crossed over the double solid yellow lines and struck a white 2018 Nissan Versa operated by Freedman head on, according to a media release from the police department.

Freedman was transported to Kona Community Hospital, where she later died. She was pronounced dead at 10:51 p.m. An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The 19-year-old male driver of the Nissan Rogue and his 17-year-old female passenger were not injured.

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The 19-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, negligent homicide, reckless endangering and reckless driving. He is being detained at the Kealakehe Police Station while the investigation into the crash continues.

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The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking anyone who might have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Len Hamakado at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229, or via email at [email protected].

Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300 in Hilo.

This is the 22nd traffic fatality this year compared to 12 by this time last year.

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