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Teen girl killed by suspected drunk driver in North Kona

Angela Apostadiro Angela Apostadiro
Joseph Edgar Jr. Joseph Edgar Jr.

NORTH KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) A 17-year-old Waikoloa girl was killed Tuesday night when the taxi driven by her mother was struck by a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on Queen Kaahumanu Highway. The driver of the taxi, a 50-year-old Waikoloa woman, and an 88-year old woman from France, who was possibly the fare in the taxi, were both injured and listed in serious condition.

The accident happened at around 8:00 PM Tuesday near the Hualalai Resort. The victim, Angela Apostadiro was a senior at Kealakehe High School. She was pronounced dead just after midnight Wednesday.

Hawaii island police have charged 21-year-old Joseph Edgar Jr. of Kealakekua with negligent homicide in the first degree, two counts of negligent injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and reckless driving. His bail was set at $102,000. Edgar remains in the police cellblock in Kailua-Kona. He is already facing trial for a prior drunk driving arrest in November.

Police say that Edgar was traveling south on Queen Kaahumanu Highway when he overtook one vehicle, continued south on the northbound shoulder and then passed several other vehicles traveling northbound while on the shoulder lane. He then collided with the taxi, which was heading northbound.

Police closed the roadway and detoured traffic for around eight hours while they conducted their investigation. None of the people involved in the accidents were wearing seatbelts, according to investigators.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of Apostadiro's death. Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who has any information about it to call Officer Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 229.

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