A van-station wagon collision Thursday afternoon on Volcano Highway (Highway 11) in Glenwood has left one driver dead and the other critically injured.
Police responding to a 4:35 p.m. call determined that a 2001 Ford station wagon was traveling towards Hilo when the driver, a 57-year-old Glenwood man, attempted a left turn into Hirano Store. A from behind in a 2005 Dodge van following the station wagon crossed the center line to avoid a collision but struck the Ford station wagon, T-boning it and ejecting the station wagons’ driver on impact. The van to rolled over on its roof.
The station wagon’s driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending positive identification.
A negligent homicide investigation has been initiated and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The van’s driver, 33-year-old Colleen Ahuna of Glenwood, was taken to Hilo Medical Center. Her injuries were described by police as “incapacitating.” She was wearing a seat belt.
Traffic in both directions was halted for “several hours” by the afternoon rush-hour collision, according to the Fire Department.
Police are investigating whether the driver of the Ford station wagon made an abrupt turn into Hirano Store. They do not yet know if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.
This is the 32nd official traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 16 at this time last year.