Big Island driver in fatal New Year’s Day pedestrian crash charged

Big Island driver in fatal New Year’s Day pedestrian crash charged
A woman was killed a pedestrian crash on New Year's Day. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

WAIMEA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kamuela woman died in a pedestrian crash on New Year’s Day, Big Island police said.

The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Sylvia Elizabeth Ravaglia.

Police have charged 34-year-old Jesse Speetjens with negligent homicide in the wake of the crash, which happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday on Kawaihae Road near the Puu Opelu Road intersection.

Police said Speetjens ― driving a truck ― crossed the double-solid yellow line and struck Ravaglia while she was walking on the shoulder of the westbound lane.

Ravaglia was transported to the Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the collision.

A judge released Speetjens from custody Thursday, but he must appear for another hearing later this month.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

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