A 43-year-old female from Kamuela suffered severe injuries following a two-vehicle collision on Friday along Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway, south of the 77 mile-marker.
The Hawai`i Police Department reports that the 43-year-old was a passenger in the vehicle and has been identified as Elizabeth Ann Terlep.
Responding to a 4:50 p.m. call, police determined that a white 2016 Ford Transit cargo van being operated by a 69-year-old Kamuela man had crossed the double solid yellow line and collided head-on with a southbound blue 2011 BMW 4-door sedan that was being operated by a 45-year-old Kamuela man.
The injured woman was in the BMW and was transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment where she was listed in critical condition. She was later transported to the Queens Medical Center for further treatment.
Both drivers involved in the collision were also transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment. Both drivers are currently listed in stable condition.
Police believe that a medical condition is a possible factor in the collision.
The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit initiated a Negligent Injury investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Kelsey Kobayashi at 326-4646 ext. 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.