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Captain Cook, HI – Teen Killed in Car Accident on Nāpo‘opo‘o Rd

October 18, 2022

Captain Cook, HI (October 18, 2022) – An 18-year-old male died from injuries he received in a single-vehicle car accident on Nāpo‘opo‘o Road in Captain Cook on Sunday, October 16th.

According to the Hawaiʻi Police Department, the crash took place at about 9:15 a.m. when a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling westbound on Nāpo‘opo‘o Road left the roadway and slammed into a tree. 

EMTs moved the teenage occupant of the wrecked pickup to Kona Community Hospital. Medical staff pronounced him dead a short while later.  

Police believe speed is a factor in the incident.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Car Accident Deaths in Hawaii

Captain Cook, HI - Teen Killed in Car Accident on Nāpo‘opo‘o Rd

When a person’s wrongdoing, negligence, action, or inaction results in another person’s death, the surviving family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim against the liable party.

A wrongful death action is a civil claim overseen in civil court. It has no affiliation with any criminal case that involves the defendant. They focus on deciding if the defendant is answerable for the damages accrued by the victim and their surviving relatives. 

Liability

Similar to other kinds of civil injury cases, families who file a wrongful death suit will have to prove that the defendant is responsible for the death of their loved one through negligence or, according to liability laws, is otherwise accountable.  

For instance, a person can be liable for wrongful death if:

  • Their negligence caused the victim’s death, as in a fatal car crash
  • They were a physician, nurse, or other health care provider who committed medical malpractice by failing to meet the standard of care when treating the victim
  • They were a designer, manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or other commercial entity liable for a dangerous or defective product
  • They were the owner of a property that had an unaddressed danger that led to a guest’s death
  • Knowingly and willingly committed assault or murder

Damages

Even though there is no amount of money that can turn back the clock to before your loved one died, a successful wrongful death claim offers surviving relatives justice and financial compensation for the damages that they deserve.  

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident, compensation may be available for damages including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses/Cremation 
  • Medical bills amassed prior to death
  • Lost wages and lost financial aid
  • Loss of household services
  • Loss of consortium and companionship
  • Loss of guidance and care

At the law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our experienced team is dedicated to providing prudent and personalized legal services to Captain Cook car accident victims and their grieving families.

A sympathetic attorney from our law firm can give you the tenacious legal representation you need after experiencing the sudden loss of someone you love. If the death stemmed from a driver under the influence, elder abuse, a loose handrail in a stairwell, a faulty smoke alarm, or any other wrongful or negligent act, taking swift legal action will ensure that your lawyer has ample time to investigate the events surrounding the death and build a strong case.

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post is not of the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is legal advice or medical advice. If an accident leaves you injured, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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