Visitor from Washington State dies in Kauai crash

KILAUEA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai county officials say 58-year-old George Nielson of Washington state was killed in a two-car crash in Kilauea on Thursday.

The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. on Kuhio Highway, near the Pili Road junction, when a Chevrolet SUV attempted to make a turn from the southbound lane and was struck by an oncoming Ford truck.

Officials say the 58-year-old man was one of four occupants in the Chevy; a 62-year-female passenger was taken to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition.

The driver of the SUV, age 61, and another female passenger, age 56, both suffered non-life threatening injuries. Medics took them to Wilcox Hospital where they remain in stable condition.

All of the occupants in the Chevy were visitors from Washington state.

The driver of the Ford truck, a 55-year-old Kilauea man, did not sustain injuries.

The incident remains under police investigation, but speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the cause of the crash.  This is Kaua'i's third traffic-related fatality of 2014.

Representatives from Life's Bridges, a volunteer-based grief counseling service, and the Kaua'i Visitors Bureau are assisting the victims and their families.

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