2 die in Kealia crash

KEALIA — Two adults died following a head-on crash Friday morning on Kuhio Highway in Kealia, police say. One adult and one child remain in critical condition.

The identities of the decedents were not released Friday.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a Nissan Cube was heading south on Kuhio Highway, fronting the St. Catherine Cemetery, when it apparently crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming delivery truck, according to a county press release.

The male driver of the Nissan, 28, of Kapaa, was presumed dead at the scene. The passengers in that vehicle were transported by medics to Wilcox Hospital.

One female passenger, 26, of Kapaa, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Another Kapaa woman, 28, remains there in critical condition. The front-seat passenger, a two-year-old boy, was medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition Friday morning.

The driver of the delivery truck, a 54-year-old Kapaa man, did not report any serious injuries.

Kuhio Highway was closed in both directions from about 8:50 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. while traffic investigators conducted an on-scene investigation and crews worked to tow the vehicles and clear the scene.

An investigation continues.


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