Records indicate that nine fatal automobile accidents have occurred on The Big Island in Hawaii in 2015. A recent tragedy resulted in the loss of two lives. An arrest for suspected first-degree negligent homicide was made in the aftermath of the crash. In similar incidents, it is sometimes determined that reckless drivers have caused the collision.
The recent Saturday evening crash involved three vehicles, one of which was a motorcycle. It was just after 7:30 p.m. when police responded to the call on the highway. Police reported that a 23-year-old woman drove her vehicle left of the center line of traffic, apparently striking another vehicle headed in the opposite direction. Immediately after hitting the first vehicle, the woman’s car allegedly crashed head-on into a motorcycle carrying two occupants.
Two men, both 47 years of age, were reportedly ejected from the motorcycle upon impact. They were immediately transported to an area hospital for emergency care. Sadly, they were pronounced dead within one minute of each other. The driver of the first vehicle that was struck was reportedly released by paramedics at the scene after refusing medical treatment. The woman was placed under arrest for suspected first-degree negligent homicide.
According to reports, the woman was released from jail, pending further investigation in the crash. Similar accidents have occurred in Hawaii where reckless drivers were found to be at fault. Those who sustain injuries in collisions caused by other drivers retain the right to pursue formal litigation against the at-fault party if they decide to seek compensation for damages suffered in relation to an accident.
Source: khon2.com, “Two people die in three-vehicle accident on Hawaii Island”, May 10, 2015