Hilo man killed in Big Island crash over the weekend identified

Hilo man killed in Big Island crash over the weekend identified
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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man killed on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway this past weekend has been identified by police.

Officials said 49-year-old Hilo resident Napoleon Higuera was the driver of the Dodge caravan that slammed into a Honda Saturday morning.

The accident happened near mile marker 38 around 7:20 a.m. Police say Higuera was heading Kona-bound when he crossed double solid yellow lines to overtake a vehicle.

He then collided head-on with a Honda travelling in the opposite direction.

Higuera was medevaced to a north Hawaii hospital where he later died. The female driver of the Honda was taken in serious but stable condition, officials said.

The highway was closed for nearly seven hours as police investigated.

"I (saw) two very mangled vehicles and a lot of emergency responders that were already on the scene," witness Mignon Phitides said. "My heart goes out to all the first responders who worked so diligently to try and help save this person's life."

There were no other passengers in either of the vehicles.

It is still unclear if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

This is the Big Island's 27th traffic fatality this year compared to 23 this time last year.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Casey Cabral at (808) 961-2329 or email: Casey.Cabral@hawaiicounty.gov.

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