A woman is dead after a crash on Hawaii Island involving a truck and a car.
It happened on Friday, June 17, just after 5 p.m. on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11) near the 21-mile marker in Glenwood.
According to the Hawaii Police Department, Crystal M. Mercado-Lopez, 32, of Pahoa, was driving a sedan southbound when she crossed the center line and sideswiped an oncoming truck.
The Hawaii Fire Department says an off-duty fire captain pulled Mercado-Lopez out of the sedan and initiated CPR. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 5:56 p.m.
Police say her infant passenger, an 8-month-old girl who was in a car seat, was also taken to the hospital, but she was not hurt.
The truck’s 48-year-old male driver was not hurt.
The road was closed in both directions as police investigated the crash.
Firefighters say both vehicles suffered extensive front-end damage. Police say both drivers were wearing their seat belts.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police are looking for a female witness who talked to a firefighter at the scene.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Officer Erhard Autrata at 961-8118.
This is the 11th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.