Big Island police: Speed a factor in head-on crash that left 15-year-old dead

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Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 5:14 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 11:45 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police said a 15-year-old has died and three others were injured following a head-on crash involving three vehicles.

Authorities said the crash happened around 6 p.m. on Hawaii Belt Road near the 12 mile marker in Pepeekeo.

Investigators determined that a Honda Civic was traveling south on Mamalahoa Highway when it attempted to overtake another vehicle. Officials said the roadway was wet at the time and the driver lost control, spinning into the oncoming north-bound lane and colliding with a pickup truck traveling Hamakua-bound.

Officials said the driver of the Honda, 20-year-old Tyson Acacio, and a rear passenger, 15-year-old Zion Hao-Kallio, were ejected following the crash.

A 16-year-old girl in the front passenger seat appeared to have been wearing a seatbelt and was not ejected.

Police said Hao-Kallio was found unresponsive at the scene and transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 9:15 p.m.

Officials said Acacio sustained serious internal injuries and underwent surgery, while the 16-year-old sustained minor injuries and is set to be released from the hospital pending treatment.

Meanwhile, the driver of the truck sustained a broken right heel and additional minor injuries.

A third vehicle was traveling southbound behind the Honda and was struck by flying debris from the crash. That driver was not injured.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police said they believe speed is the primary factor in the crash at this time.

An investigation remains ongoing.

This story will be updated.

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