Police: Speed a factor in North Kona fatal crash

Hawaii Police Department

Two people are dead following a single-vehicle crash on the Big Island.

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the 79 mile marker in North Kona.

According to the Hawaii Police Department, the driver was identified as 24-year-old Michelle Deluz of Waikoloa. The passenger was identified as 24-year-old Gary Fergerstrom of Kailua-Kona.

Police say the vehicle, a 2007 Honda two-door sedan, was traveling south on the highway when it crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the road, and rolled into a lava field.

According to police, Deluz and Fergerstrom were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle.

Deluz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fergerstrom was taken to the North Hawaii Community Hospital where he later died.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved, but police say speed was a factor in the crash.

Police have opened a negligent homicide case.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police.

These are the 14th and 15th traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year, compared to 14 at this time in 2012.

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