Two killed in fiery South Kohala crash on Big Island
Two men are dead following a single-vehicle collision in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 5, at the intersection of Waikoloa Road and the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in South Kohala.
A gray 2014 Jeep Cherokee containing three men was heading north on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway, when it veered off of the roadway and struck a large metal traffic light post, according to Hawai‘i police who responded to a 3:25 a.m. call.
The vehicle then caught fire, trapping two of the men within the vehicle. The two trapped men were transported to the Kona Community Hospital where they were later pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m.
The third vehicle occupant – a 27-year-old Honoka‘a man police have not publicly identified – was able to escape from the vehicle. He was transported to the North Hawai‘i Community Hospital for treatment and is currently listed in stable condition.
Police believe that speed and impairment are possible factors in the crash.
Autopsies have been ordered to determine the men’s exact cause of death. Positive identification is pending via dental records and contacting the next of kin.
The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation. The department is also asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Adam Roberg 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.
These are the fourth and fifth traffic fatalities this year compared to seven at this time last year.