Negligent homicide investigation opened after deadly crash on Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island police have opened a negligent homicide investigation after a 69-year-old man died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Hawaii Belt Rd., Route 11, on Wednesday, May 14.

The victim was identified as Hubert F. Silva of Pearl City, Oahu.

According to authorities, the crash occurred at around 1:45 p.m. near the 13-mile-marker in Mountain View.

Puna patrol officers determined that a 23-year-old Keaau man was operating a 1995 Ford pickup truck and traveling south on the highway when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2002 Ford four-door sedan traveling north, driven by Silva.

Silva died at Hilo Medical Center, authorities said. His 64-year-old female passenger from Mountain View was transported to Hilo Medical Center in stable condition.

The driver of the Ford truck was also admitted in stable condition. His passengers, all males, ages 19, 20, 21 and 22, were all treated and released with minor injuries.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine Silva’s exact cause of death.

In addition to negligent homicide, Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are also pursuing two negligent injuries, no operator’s license and no motor vehicle insurance against the Ford truck driver.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Officer Keith Nacis at 961-8119.

This is the sixth traffic fatality on Hawaii Island this year compared with 13 at this time last year.

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