Crash claims life of Laupahoehoe woman

A Laupahoehoe woman died early Saturday following a single-vehicle crash on Highway 19, approximately 8 miles north of Hilo.

The 63-year-old victim was identified as Jane Lawrence, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

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Responding to a 4:50 a.m. call, police determined that a 2006 Honda Civic traveling southwest on Highway 19 veered across the center line and struck the Kaʻieʻie storm bridge guardrail head-on.

The 63-year-old woman driving the vehicle was transported to Hilo Medical Center where she was initially listed in stable condition. At 5:05 p.m., she was pronounced dead at the Hilo Medical Center and may have suffered from a medical emergency.

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

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident or have information leading to the identity of the responsible to contact Officer Erhard Autrata at 961-2329. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo.

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