Hilo woman dies after two-vehicle crash in North Kona

NORTH KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 20-year-old Hilo woman died Friday night after a two-vehicle crash in North Kona.

Police identified the woman as Christine C.R. Laeda.

Police said the collision happened shortly before midnight near the 91-mile marker on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in North Kona.

Kona patrol officers said another 20-year-old woman was driving a 2005 Toyota sedan south-bound on the highway. The Toyota was trying to overtake a 2006 Chrysler when it hit the Chrysler in the left rear corner. The Toyota then went out of control, ran off the right side of the right and overturned.

Officers said Laeda was a back seat passenger in the Toyota. She was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver of the Toyota and three other passengers, including a 19-year-old Hilo woman and two Keaau women, aged 22 and 20, were also taken to the Kona hospital, where they were treated and released.

The driver of the Chrysler was identified as a 37-year-old man from California. He and two female passengers, ages 36 and 27, where unhurt.

Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Investigators said the driver of the Toyota was arrested for negligent homicide, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and other charges. She was released pending further investigation.

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