Traffic fatalities down in 2019

Police close Kuakini Highway after a fatal traffic crash on Nov. 19. (LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today file photo)

A roadside memorial for Cassandra “Cassie” Lynn Ellis is set up by the crash site on the mauka side of Queen Kaahumanu Highway on Nov. 11. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)

HILO — Despite a deadly November in which seven people died on Big Island roads, official traffic fatalities in Hawaii County were significantly down in 2019 from the previous year.