Police identify woman in fatal Puna car crash

Big Island police close roads in Puna after fatal car accident
Published: Jun. 17, 2016 at 11:56 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 18, 2016 at 2:13 PM HST
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Crystal Mercado-Lopez (Image: Flores, Lopez Family)
Crystal Mercado-Lopez (Image: Flores, Lopez Family)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)

PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police records have identified the woman who died in Friday afternoon's traffic accident on Highway 11 as Crystal Mercado-Lopez.

Highway 11 at the 21 mile marker in the Volcano area was closed yesterday in both directions for almost five hours after the fatal crash occurred just after 5 p.m.

An accident report by fire officials say Mercado-Lopez was driving a small sedan and was extricated out of the vehicle by an off duty officer.

Family members say Mercado-Lopez's daughter, an infant, was in a car seat at the time of the incident and was transported to a hospital as a precaution. Mercado-Lopez also has a son.

Kevin McGuire of Mountain View has been identified as the driver of the pick-up truck that crashed into Mercado-Lopez's sedan. Fire officials say he was uninjured.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. It is unknown at this time is speed, drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.

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