Updated at 9:30 a.m.
After conferring with prosecutors, Hawai`i Police Department Area II Traffic Enforcement Officers charged Jesse Speetjens with Negligent Homicide in the second degree.
Speetjens’ bail was set at $2,000. He remained in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday.
The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.
This is the first traffic fatality this year compared to 0 at this time last year.
Original story published at 8 a.m.
A 42-year-old Kamuela woman died following a single-vehicle collision on Wednesday along Kawaihae Road near the intersection of Puu Opelu Road.
The 42-year-old female has been identified as Sylvia Elizabeth Ravaglia.
Responding to a 3:08 p.m. call, police determined that a 34-year-old male from Kamuela was operating a gray 1990 Toyota pickup truck when he crossed the double solid yellow line and struck the pedestrian on the shoulder of the westbound lane.
The 42-year-old female was transported to the Kona Community Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead at 7:44 p.m.
The driver of the Toyota pickup was not injured in the collision. He was later arrested for Negligent Homicide.
Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the collision.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.