Kauai driver arrested following fatal traffic crash

James Monroe
James Monroe

KILAUEA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai police have arrested the driver involved in a fatal traffic crash in Kilauea Tuesday night.

James Monroe, of Kilauea, was arrested Wednesday morning for Negligent Injury and Negligent Homicide. Monroe, 51, has since been released from police custody pending an investigation.

Monroe was the driver of the Ford pickup truck that struck and killed a Kilauea man along Kuhio Highway at around 7:25 p.m. in Kilauea, just south of Wailapa Road.

According to police, the northbound Ford apparently crossed the center line and sideswiped a southbound Jeep SUV before crashing into a Dodge SUV.

The head-on collision caused the Dodge SUV to overturn, resulting in fatal injuries to the 29-year-old male driver.

Police have not yet released his identity.

The passenger in the Dodge, a 55-year-old Kilauea man, was initially taken to Wilcox Hospital, then flown to Queen's Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The female driver of the Jeep SUV, age 50 of Kilauea, was transported to Wilcox Hospital and has since been released.

Monroe was also treated at Wilcox Hospital following the crash. He was arrested upon his release from the hospital early Wednesday morning.

The fatal traffic crash resulted in a six-hour closure of Kuhio Highway. The highway was reopened in both directions at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

This is the first traffic fatality on Kauai in 2014.

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