Driver killed in Kona crash identified

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Chernell Kaili has been identified as the 18-year-old Kailua-Kona woman who died April 9 from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Ahulani Street in North Kona.

Police responded to a call at 2:39 a.m. and found that the victim was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer traveling west on Ahulani Street when she lost control, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

Three passengers, two men, ages 19 and 20, and a 15-year-old girl were taken to Kona Community Hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.

The victim was pronounced dead at 6:35 a.m. at Kona Community Hospital.

All the occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the seventh traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with eight at this time last year.