Speed, inattention believed to have caused deadly Kohala crash

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Two people are dead after a traffic crash in North Kohala Friday morning, and police say speed and inattention may have been to blame.

The crash occurred at around 8:13 a.m. near the 15-mile marker of Kohala Mountain Road (Route 250).

According to police, a Honda SUV was traveling north when it failed to negotiate a turn, crossed the center line, and collided head-on with a 2008 Scion xB.

The Scion’s driver and front-seat passenger were taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital and later died.

They were identified as Albert Kita, 77, and Dorothy Kita, 83, both of Hawi.

The driver of the Honda, a 29-year-old Hawi woman, was also taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation. Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, extension 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

These are the 27th and 28th traffic fatalities this year compared with 16 at this time last year.

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