Two seniors died in a traffic crash in Kohala on Friday morning when an SUV failed to negotiate a turn and plowed head-on into their vehicle.
Police believe speed and inattentiveness may have been factors in the collision, and a negligent homicide investigation has been opened.
The two seniors were identified as 77-year-old Albert Kita and 83-year-old Dorothy Kita, both of Hawi.
The crash happened about 8:13 a.m. near the 15-mile marker of Kohala Mountain Road.
Police said a 29-year-old Hawi woman was driving a 2007 Honda SUV when she apparently lost control and collided head-on with the Kitas' vehicle, a 2008 Scion Xb heading south.
The two were taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where they were later pronounced dead. The driver of the Honda was also taken to North Hawai?i Community Hospital, but her condition was not immediately released.
These are the 27th and 28th traffic fatalities this year compared with 16 at this time last year.