Woman Dies in Papaikou Collision

A Laupāhoehoe woman died following a single-vehicle collision on Saturday morning along Highway 19 in the area of the 8-mile marker.

According to the Hawai`i Police Department, the 63-year-old female has been positively identified as Jane Lawrence.

Responding to a 4:50 a.m. call, police determined that a 2006 Honda Civic traveling southwest on Highway 19 veered across the center line and struck the Kaʻieʻie storm bridge guardrail head-on.

The 63-year-old female driver was transported to Hilo Medical Center and initially listed in stable condition. At 5:05 pm she was pronounced dead at the Hilo Medical Center and may have suffered from a medical emergency.

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 accident or have information leading to the identity of the responsible to contact Officer Erhard Autrata at 961-2329. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo.