A 19-year-old Na’alehu woman died following a single-vehicle collision Thursday in Kaʻū near the 58-mile marker of Hawai’i Belt Road, Highway 11.
She has been identified as Brittney Perry.
Responding to an 11:48 p.m. call, police determined that a silver 2002 Honda Accord sedan had been traveling North on Hawaiʻi Belt Road near the 58-mile marker when the vehicle ran off the roadway into the Northbound gravel shoulder and then struck a utility pole head-on. The operator, who was the sole occupant within the vehicle, was unresponsive at the scene and was later transported to the Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 4:03 a.m.
Police believe inattention was a factor in this crash but it is not immediately known if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.
This is the 23rd traffic fatality this year compared with 26 at this time last year.