Waimea woman injured in head-on crash

A 43-year-old Waimea woman suffered severe injuries in a two-vehicle collision Friday on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in South Kohala.

Responding to a 4:50 p.m. call, police determined that a white 2016 Ford Transit cargo van being operated by a 69-year-old Waimea man had crossed the double solid yellow line and collided head-on with a southbound blue 2011 BMW four-door sedan that was being operated by a 45-year-old Waimea man.

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The 43-year-old woman riding in the BMW was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment where she was listed in critical condition. She was later transported to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for further treatment.

Both drivers involved in the collision were also transported to the North Hawaii Community Hospital by Hawaii Fire Department personnel for treatment. Both drivers are currently listed in stable condition.

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Police believe that a medical condition is a possible factor in the collision.

The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit initiated a negligent injury investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Kelsey Kobayashi at 326-4646, ext. 229. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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