KOLOA — A crash involving two vehicles on Kaumuali‘i Highway between mile markers 5 and 6 in an area known as Knudsen Gap or Halfway Bridge, east of the Maluhia Road junction, on Thursday afternoon, resulted in a fatality.
According to a preliminary report, at approximately 4 p.m., a 2011 Toyota Tacoma, operated by a 31-year-old male from Lawa‘i, was traveling westbound when the vehicle veered onto the westbound shoulder.
The truck then crossed back over onto the westbound lane and subsequently onto the eastbound lane of the highway, where it struck an oncoming 2018 Nissan sedan operated by a 19-year-old male of Hanama‘ulu with three other occupants.
A 49-year-old female of Hanama‘ulu, who was a rear passenger in the Nissan sedan, suffered fatal injuries. Her name has not yet been released.
A 71-year-old male resident, a rear passenger of the Nissan sedan, suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, and was medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu for further treatment.
The front passenger of the Nissan sedan, a 19-year-old female of Hanama‘ulu, suffered serious injuries, and was admitted to Wilcox Medical Center. The driver of the Nissan sedan was treated and released at Wilcox Medical Center.
The driver of the Toyota truck was admitted to Wilcox Medical Center with serious injuries.
A toxicology report is pending to determine if impairment was a factor in the collision. An investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call officer Isaiah Sarsona of the Traffic Safety Section at 241-1618.
This is Kaua‘i’s seventh traffic fatality of 2020.