HILO, HI – One person was killed and another injured in a car accident on Daniel K. Inouye Highway in Hilo late Thursday night, according to the Hawaii Police Department.
Officers responded to the scene after the incident occurred at 11:10 p.m. An investigation found the driver of a 2003 Toyota sedan was headed east on the highway at a high rate of speed and overtook a vehicle between the 18 and 19 mile marker. The driver lost control while negotiating a curve on the wet roadway and crossed into the westbound shoulder, where the car rolled over several times.
The driver, a 30-year-old Pāhoa man, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said. His passenger, a 26-year-old man from Kea‘au, was transported to Hilo Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening and is listed in stable condition.
Speed is believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash.
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