Hawaii Island police have identified three people who died in a traffic crash Saturday morning in Kailua-Kona, a third of a mile north of the Hina Lani/Queen Kaahumanu Highway intersection.
They were identified through dental records Thursday morning as Keliiokahonua Sadumiano, 18, of Ocean View, Kaela Avanilla, 17, of Kailua-Kona and Phoenix Hauanio, 17, of Kailua-Kona.
Autopsies conducted Wednesday, Feb. 18, determined that all three died from injuries sustained in the crash.
In response to a 5:17 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a Nissan pickup truck driven by a 39-year-old Kailua-Kona man was traveling north on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when a Kia multi-purpose vehicle traveling south collided with the truck, causing the Kia to catch fire.
The driver of the truck, who was extricated from his vehicle with the jaws of life, was taken to Kona Community hospital for treatment of his injuries where he remains in stable condition.
Sadumiano, Avanilla, who was the Kia’s front-seat passenger, and Hauanio, who was the Kia’s back-seat passenger on the driver’s side, died at the scene.
Another passenger, a 17-year-old Kailua-Kona girl, was able to exit the Kia. She was taken to Kona Community hospital, where she remains in stable condition.
Toxicology results are pending and it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. Police have determined, however, that speed was a factor.
Police continue to investigate this case as three negligent homicides. They ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call Officer Justin Hooser or Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, extension 229.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
These are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th traffic fatalities on the island this year, compared with three at this time last year.