Woman arrested for negligent homicide following fatal accident in Kailua-Kona

Published: May. 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM HST|Updated: May. 10, 2015 at 6:39 PM HST
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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 47-year-old Kailua-Kona man and his passenger died in a three-vehicle collision Saturday evening along Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway on the Big Island.

Police say a 23-year-old woman, driving a 2014 Nissan Altima, was traveling south on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway when she crossed left of center and side-swiped a 2010 Ford Fusion heading north. The vehicle then collided head-on with a 2013 Honda CRF 250L motorcycle, also heading north.

Officials have identified the driver of the motorcycle as 47-year-old  Rick Dupont. His male passenger has not yet been identified. Dupont and his passenger were thrown from the motorcycle upon impact. Both were taken to Kona Community Hospital where they were later pronounced dead. 

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

The operator of the Nissan, 23-year-old Rebecca Vetter of Honolulu, was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment and was later released. She was arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide. She was released pending further investigation. 

The operator of the Ford, a 60-year-old Kamuela woman, refused treatment and was released by medics at the scene. 

This is the ninth traffic fatality this year compared with five at this time last year. 

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