One dead following two-car collision in Kapaa

Courtesy: Jenie N Shane Silva
Courtesy: Jenie N Shane Silva

KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have reported that a 76-year-old male has died from injuries sustained during a two-car collision in Kapa'a Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Kūhi'ō Highway, fronting the Kaiakea fire station.

According to a preliminary police investigation, the Oregon man was a passenger in a PT Cruiser that was on the northbound shoulder of the highway. The vehicle was attempting to enter the northbound lane when a Ford truck, heading north, struck the car's driver side.

Firefighters, police and medics responded to the scene. Medics transported both the female driver and male passenger of the PT Cruiser to Wilcox Hospital.

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 71-year-old female driver remains at Wilcox in stable condition.

The 62-year-old male driver of the Ford truck did not report any injuries.

Kūhi'ō Highway was closed in both directions for over two hours while police conducted their investigation and crews worked to clear the roadway and was reopened at about 4:54 p.m.

During the road closure, police directed northbound traffic onto Kawaihau Road, while southbound traffic was diverted onto Mailihuna Road.

This is Kauai's first traffic fatality for the year.

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