Hawaii Island woman dies after truck crashes on Mamalahoa Hwy.

A woman died after crashing her truck in South Kona Tuesday night.

It happened at around 10:16 p.m. near the 102-mile marker of Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11).

Police identified her as Denise Scott, 40, of Ocean View.

According to police, Scott was driving a 2006 Nissan pickup truck traveling south on Mamalahoa Highway just south of the 102-mile marker when she ran off the west shoulder of the roadway and hit a large tree.

She was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police believe speed and inattention were factors in this crash, but it not immediately known if alcohol was a factor.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, extension 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 25th traffic fatality this year compared with 16 at this time last year.

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