Driver arrested after fatal crash in Kona

A drunk driver was arrested on the Big Island after police say she caused a deadly crash.

The crash happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on Queen Kaahumanu Highway north of the Palani intersection.

Police say a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by 44-year-old Daphne Reeves of Kailua-Kona, rear-ended a 2002 Chevy C7500 boom truck that was stopped in the outside lane with workers changing burnt out street lamps.

A 41-year-old Keeau man was standing outside of the truck while a 53-year-old Hilo man was inside of the vehicle. Both men were not injured.

Paramedics transported Reeves and her male passenger to the Kona Community Hospital.

Police say Reeves, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated for serious injuries.

The passenger, identified as 45-year-old David Arbon of Kawaihae, was not wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m.

Reeves was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, driving under the influence, and inattention to driving.

She was released pending further investigations.

Police say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 17th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared with 14 at this time in 2012.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

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