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Big Island police identify man killed in Pepeekeo crash

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PEPEEKEO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Big Island police say a 54-year-old Pepeʻekeo man died Thursday in a two-vehicle crash on Route 19 in the area of the 9-mile-marker in Pepeʻekeo. 

Police have identified the man as Colin Y. Ishii.

Responding to a 1:54 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that Ishii was operating a 1998 Toyota four-door sedan and traveling north on Route 19 when he crossed the centerline and sideswiped a 2013 Ford flatbed truck traveling south that was being operated by a 29-year-old Naʻalehu man. 

The driver of the Ford was not injured. 

Fire Department rescue personnel took an 82-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Toyota, to Hilo Medical Center. She did not receive any significant injuries but was being confined overnight as a precaution. 

All occupants were wearing their seat belts. 

Ishii was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:24 p.m. 

It does not appear at this time that speed, alcohol or drugs were involved. 

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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