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North Kona, HI – Negligent Homicide Charges Sought Following Fatal Crash at Māmalahoa Hwy and Akina Pl

July 15, 2022

North Kona, HI (July 15, 2022) – A woman from the Big Island was killed during a traffic accident in North Kona on Thursday, July 14th. 

According to a media release, a 63-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona died when two vehicles collided in the area of Akina Place and Māmalahoa Highway. 

After responding to the scene at about 9:15 p.m., police discovered that a 2019 Nissan Rogue driven by a 19-year-old man from Kailua-Kona was traveling southbound on Māmalahoa Highway when, for reasons still under investigation, he veered across the double yellow lines and collided with a 2018 Nissan Versa driven by the victim. 

The woman was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she passed away at 10:51 p.m. An autopsy will determine the precise cause of death.

The 19-year-old driver of the Nissan and his 17-year-old female passenger were unharmed during the impact. 

The driver was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, reckless driving, and reckless endangering.  

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit initiated a negligent homicide investigation.

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

Wrongful Death Suits in Hawaii

North Kona, HI - Negligent Homicide Charges Sought Following Fatal Crash at Māmalahoa Hwy and Akina Pl

Anytime a person’s dereliction, misconduct, or negligence results in someone’s death, their surviving family members are entitled to bring a claim of wrongful death against the at-fault party.

While absolutely no amount of money will turn back the clock to before your loved one died, a successful outcome to a wrongful death claim can give surviving relatives the justice and financial recovery they deserve.  

Depending on the events surrounding the fatal incident, recovery might be available for damages including:

  • Funeral costs/Burial or cremation expenses
  • Medical bills amassed prior to death
  • Lost income and financial assistance
  • Loss of services and support for the household
  • Loss of consortium 
  • Loss of love and guidance

A wrongful death action is a civil claim. This means it will be overseen in a civil court and will be completely separate from any corresponding criminal case that may involve the defendant. 

Since it is a civil claim, the primary goal of a wrongful death suit is adjudicating whether the respondent is liable for the damages endured by the deceased and their surviving family. Just like other civil injury claims, those filing the suit will be required to show that the respondent is responsible or otherwise accountable for the death due to their negligence.

At the law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our experienced team is dedicated to providing prudent and personalized legal services to wrongful death victims and their grieving families. If you lost a loved one in an accident due to a negligent driver, contact our Hawaii wrongful death lawyers today by calling (808) 537-2525 and scheduling a free, no-obligation assessment of your potential claim.

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 was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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