Police ID woman killed in South Kona crash

Big Island police have identified a 19-year-old Kailua-Kona woman who died following a single-vehicle collision March 19 in Captain Cook.

The victim was identified as Erika Fredrika Neilson, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

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Responding to a 7 p.m. call, officers determined that a black 2010 Infinity four-door sedan heading east on Ke Ala O Keawe Road crossed the double solid yellow line, drove into a guardrail, went airborne, and then down an embankment. After the vehicle came to rest at the bottom of the embankment, it was fully engulfed in fire.

Neilson was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m.

The driver of the Infinity sedan, 19-year-old Roman Kozinskiy, and a 24-year-old female passenger, both from Kailua-Kona, were taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment. Both the driver and passenger were treated and later released.

Kozinskiy was arrested for negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was released on Sunday pending further investigation.

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Police believe that speed and impairment were factors in the collision. Police are awaiting toxicology results from an autopsy conducted on Neilson on Wednesday.

The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Officer Cory Gray at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229, or email at cory.gray@hawaiicounty.gov. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo.

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