HILEA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – An Ocean View man was killed and two others were injured Wednesday in an early morning accident on Highway 11in the Kau District of Hawaii island. 22-year-old James PK Akau died when the Kia sedan he was driving struck a bull and then sideswiped a tractor-trailer that was traveling in the opposite direction. The accident happened just before 5:30 AM Wednesday.
Akau's passengers, a 40-year-old woman and her nine-year-old daughter were transported to Kau Hospital in Pahala by fire/rescue crews. The girl has been treated and released. The woman was transported to Kona Community Hospital for further treatment. The driver of the tractor trailer, a 41-year-old Ninole man, was not injured. Fire officials say that the bull died from its injuries.
The highway was closed for several hours as investigators documented the crash. Police say that Akau was not wearing a seat belt. His passengers and the truck driver were wearing their seat belts. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.
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