Holualoa woman killed in 3-car crash in North Kona

KAILUA-KONA — A 41-year-old Holualoa woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash Monday night on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in North Kona.

The victim has been identified as Trina Walker, according to the Hawaii Police Department.


The crash, which occurred near mile marker 83 on the highway, south of the Kiholo Bay scenic outlook, was reported at 10:39 p.m.

Police say that the operator of a 2002 Volvo sedan, a 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man, had been traveling south when it was involved in a rear-end collision with a 2014 Volkswagen sedan driven by Walker, which had also been traveling south. This collision caused the Volkswagen sedan to spin and crossover into the northbound lane of the highway, where the Volkswagen sedan was then rear-ended by a northbound 2013 Honda sedan driven by a 31-year-old Waimea man.

The driver of the Volkswagen sedan, Walker, was taken to the Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m. Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man operating the Volvo sedan was taken to the Kona Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries suffered in the collision. Police said he is currently listed in stable condition.

The 31-year-old Waimea man driving the Honda sedan was taken to the North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries suffered in the collision.

Police believe that speed was a factor in the collision, but it is not immediately known if alcohol was involved.


The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Justin Hooser at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

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

  1. Kona Rose March 13, 2018 3:40 pm Reply

    Oh, no, this is terribly heartbreaking. Our condolences to the family of the woman killed.

  2. Tom March 13, 2018 4:15 pm Reply

    Self-driving cars couldn’t come fast enough…cars are so dangerous, at least when driven by humans

    1. sonneofmanisrael March 14, 2018 4:41 am Reply

      Self driving cars can crash.

      1. angkoldoy March 14, 2018 1:55 pm Reply

        Self driving cars can not text. Or drive while drinking.

  3. paul March 13, 2018 5:16 pm Reply

    sad….to die by car on Hawaii…..

  4. Vfaye March 13, 2018 9:41 pm Reply

    Heartbreaking!! Probably due to texting!!! So many people are texting an driving!!! The police seem to not do anything!

  5. randy March 14, 2018 7:11 am Reply

    If you drive between the airport and the turn off for the Hilton you will see at least 20 grave markers in that 18 mile stretch. So sad that people here claim to care about the “aina” but seem to care little about those who live on it. That is one dangerous highway and I always drive it with extra care knowing that others don’t. Stop speeding, passing illegally, drinking and driving and distracted driving and let us all enjoy the “aina” longer.

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