Fatal crash near Koloa

KOLOA — A crash involving two vehicles on Kaumuali‘i Highway near the Maluhia Road junction on Friday afternoon resulted in a fatality.

According to a preliminary report, at approximately 12:48 p.m., a 2015 white Nissan pickup truck, operated by a 48-year-old Kapa‘a woman, was heading eastbound along Kaumuali‘i Highway. The truck crossed the center line and struck a 2000 silver Porsche 2DCV, operated by a 60-year-old Lihu‘e man, who was traveling westbound.

The driver of the Porsche sustained fatal injuries.

The driver of the truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Wilcox Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

The highway reopened at about 5:15 p.m.

The name of the driver of the Porsche has not yet been released due to pending notification of next of kin.

Kaua‘i police are asking anyone who might be a witness to the incident to contact officer Shawn Hanna at 241-1615.

This is Kaua‘i’s third traffic fatality of 2020.

  1. Citizen Cane June 20, 2020 1:34 pm Reply

    This accident like so many others points up the need for 2-lane divided highways around the island. With so many driveways, access roads and intersections—like this dangerous Maluhia/Kaumuali’i exchange, having single lanes with 110 mph closing speeds divided only by painted lines—we are gambling with our lives and our children’s’ lives. Come on, Mayor K and island leadership, make yours the administration where the change begins. Don’t wait till it’s one of your kids that doesn’t come home. The State won’t act unless we demand, and our leadership must lead on this issue.

  2. doug henry June 20, 2020 2:47 pm Reply

    was texting involved? Will she be charged with negligent homicide?

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