Woman dies after reportedly jumping in front of vehicle

KAILUA-KONA — A woman is dead following a vehicle/pedestrian crash Tuesday night in Pahoa.

Her name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of her family, the Hawaii Police Department said.


Responding to a 9:40 p.m. call, police determined that a 2006 Ford sedan was traveling southbound on Highway 130 near Launahele Road when it struck the female pedestrian, who was in the roadway.

The woman was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 10:31 p.m.

The Hawaii Fire Department said in an incident report that the woman had been with her boyfriend walking along the side of the road around when she reportedly launched herself into oncoming traffic.

The driver of the vehicle, a 40-year-old Pahoa woman who was uninjured, told responders she was driving roughly 55 mph at the time of the impact. The driver’s sedan sustained moderate front-end damage and its windshield was shattered.

Police do not believe that speed or alcohol were factors in this crash.

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


Anyone who witnessed the crash should call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2329.

This is the fourth traffic fatality this year compared with four at this time last year.