Two dead, two critical after head-on collision on Big Island

Miles Nakanishi
Miles Nakanishi

PAPAIKOU, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two men are dead and four other people were injured after a pick-up truck and a sport utility vehicle were involved in a head-on collision on the Big Island.

According to Hawaii County Police Department, a 61-year-old Hilo man and a 65-year-old Hakalau man were killed in the crash.

One of the men was identified as Miles T. Nakanishi of Hilo.

The name of the other man is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin. Police say both drivers were dead at the scene.

Responding to a 7:19 p.m. call, traffic investigators determined that the unidentified man was operating a Chevrolet pick-up truck and traveling north on Route 19 on the Hanawi Bridge when he apparently crossed the centerline and collided with a Cadillac Escalade traveling south and being operated by Nakanishi.

Passengers in the Cadillac, two women, ages 60 and 80, and two children, a 6-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, were taken to Hilo Medical Center by Fire Department rescue personnel.

The two children were flown to The Queen's Medical Center and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu and were in critical condition.

The two women are hospitalized at the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated negligent homicide and coroner's inquest investigations and have ordered autopsies to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

These are the 34th and 35th traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year compared with 16 at this time last year.

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