Woman dies after head-on collision near Turtle Bay

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A 69-year-old woman is dead after a head-on collision in Kahuku, near Turtle Bay that happened around 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

Police said the woman was driving her Nissan heading northbound when a 20-year-old male driving a Chevrolet flatbed truck going in the opposite direction crossed over the center line and hit her.

Kamalani Keliikuli was there when it happened and pulled over to help.

“The driver happened to fall asleep at the wheel,” Keliikuli said.

Keliikuli said that there was debris scattered across the road way.

“The engine and her windshield was just completely shattered and the car was just pushed in all the way. (The crash) kind of took out the whole front part of her car.”

She said the woman was pinned inside her car so she and several others tried to comfort her.

“A nurse showed up and she was on site she was trying to ask the woman if she was OK…At the time nobody wanted to touch her. We were just trying to get the door open. Then we let it go and we let the fire trucks and ambulances do the rest.”

At the time, Keliikuli said the woman was still responsive.

“She was a little conscious. She did mention a little bit about her son, that’s it. She couldn’t really talk too much.”

She said she knew the woman.

“She’s a lifetime neighbor that lives down the street from me. She’s very kind and she loves to bake.”

Keliikuli said the woman may have been headed to deliver cookies somewhere when the accident happened.

The male driver and his 18-year-old male passenger were sitting on the side of the road.

“They didn’t really want to say much. They were in tears just worried about the woman,” she said.

The 69-year-old woman in the Nissan was taken to an area hospital in critical condition where she later died.

Kamehameha Highway was closed for nearly four hours.

Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this collision.

It is unknown if drugs was a factor.

This is the 49th traffic fatality this year, compared to 60 during the same time last year.

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