Pahoa woman who died at scene of crash on Nanawale Blvd. identified


Hawaii Island police have identified the woman who was killed Saturday, April 9, from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Nanawale Boulevard just west of Donneybrook Lane.

She was Shyla N. Medeiros-Dutton, 22, of Pahoa.

Police also arrested the driver of the vehicle identified as Gary A. Simpkins, 22, of Pahoa. He was arrested Sunday, April 10, at 6:15 p.m. at the East Hawaii Detention Center for Negligent Homicide I, Negligent Injury I, Accident-Death/Serious Injury, Give Information and Render Aid, two counts of Accident Vehicle/Property and Notice of Accident.

Simpkins is being held at the East Hawaii Detention Center as police continue their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2293 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Responding to a 8:22 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that a 2001 Honda Civic four-door sedan was traveling west when the vehicle went out of control, ran off the right side of the road, and struck some trees and two utility poles. The car was found with extensive left rear and top damage.

Medeiros-Dutton, who was in the back seat, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Her body was found in very thick brush, 10 feet from the crashed car, with the use of thermal imaging equipment.

A 24-year-old Pahoa man, who was a front seat passenger in the vehicle, was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by fire rescue personnel where he was treated and released.

Simpkins and another male passenger fled from the scene.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were factors in this crash.

Medeiros-Dutton was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 2:39 a.m. April 10.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 7th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared to the same number at the same time last year.

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