A 27-year-old Kona woman died early Tuesday morning following a one-car crash on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) in Kailua-Kona.
Police identified the victim as Hannah Fergerstrom of Kailua-Kona.
In response to a 1:15 a.m. call Tuesday, police determined that a northbound 2000 Volkswagen two-door sedan lost control at the 27-mile marker, crossed the center line and struck a utility pole on the makai side of the road.
Fergerstrom, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she died at 5:45 a.m.
The drive, 34-year-old Randall Kawasaki of Waimea, was taken to North Hawaiii Community Hospital.
Neither occupant of the car was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Police believe that speed and drug use may have been factors.
Kawasaki was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, negligent homicide, DUI, promoting a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and no insurance. After conferring with prosecutors, police released Kawasaki pending further investigation.
Fergerstrom’s death is the second traffic fatality on Big Island roads this year compared to zero at this time last year.