Causes of car accidents not always immediately apparent

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2016 | Car Accidents |

A recent incident in Hawaii was initially reported as a two-car accident. New information has led investigators to seek a third vehicle in the situation. As in many other car accidents, the exact cause of this one was not immediately apparent; authorities now believe a key factor may lie with the driver of a third car.

What is known thus far is that a car crossed the center line of traffic. Moments later, it crashed head-on into another vehicle. The 20-year-old man behind the wheel of the car that veered out of its lane did not survive the collision. Three people in the car that was struck were taken to the hospital, including two siblings — a 13-year-old and 11-year-old — and their mother.

For some reason, investigators now believe a third driver may have actually caused the now deceased man’s vehicle to cross the center line. They have issued public pleas for anyone with information regarding the collision, or the SUV that allegedly left the scene, to immediately come forward and report what they know. They believe the sports utility vehicle to be green in color.

It is unlawful for drivers to leave the scenes car accidents in which they were involved, particularly if they resulted in injuries or death to others. Any person who has been injured by a driver believed negligent in Hawaii is able to seek recovery for losses by filing a claim against that person in court; if the driver has died, a claim may be made against his or her estate. An immediate family member may act on behalf of a loved one who has died.

Source:, “Search on for third vehicle involved in fatal South Kona accident”, Oct. 28, 2016