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.