A 23-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died following a single-vehicle crash early Saturday at the intersection of Kaiminani Drive and Ili‘Ili Street.
The victim was identified as Alexandria R. Hofferbert, according to the Hawaii Police Department.
Responding to a 1:43 a.m. call, police determined that a blue 2000 Saturn Vue SUV heading east on Kaiminani Drive had driven off the right shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then struck an aluminum light pole and rock wall.
Hofferbert, the driver, was transported to Kona Community Hospital where she was later pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m.
She was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, police said.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at 326-4646, ext. 229, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo.
This is the twelfth traffic fatality this year compared to 13 at this time last year.