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Pepeekeo, HI – Head-On Crash Leaves 15-Year-Old Dead on Hawaii Belt Rd

August 2, 2022

Pepeekeo, HI (August 02, 2022) – According to Hawaii Island police, a 15-year-old was killed and three others sustained injuries during a three-vehicle, head-on collision on Tuesday, August 2nd. 

Police said that the crash took place at about 6:00 p.m. on Hawaii Belt Road near milepost 12 12 in Pepeekeo.

An investigation determined that a Honda Civic was heading southbound on Mamalahoa Highway when the driver tried to overtake another vehicle. The rain-slicked roadway caused the driver to lose control, spin into oncoming traffic, and collide with a Hamakua-bound pick-up truck. 

Officials said the driver of the Honda, a 20-year-old male, and his back seat passenger, a 15-year-old boy, were both ejected during the impact. The 16-year-old girl in the front seat was not. 

The 15-year-old was unresponsive at the scene. He was taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short while later. 

The driver sustained severe internal injuries and underwent emergency surgery. The 16-year-old sustained minor injuries. 

The driver of the pick-up sustained a broken bone and other non-critical injuries.

A third vehicle that was driving southbound directly behind the Honda was struck by debris from the accident. That driver was unharmed. 

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. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Wrongful Death Suits in Hawaii

Pepeekeo, HI - Head-On Crash Leaves 15-Year-Old Dead on Hawaii Belt Rd

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.

A wrongful death action is a civil claim, meaning it will be overseen in a civil court and is completely separate from any related criminal case involving the defendant. 

As 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. Similar to other civil injury claims, those bringing the suit will have to show that the respondent is liable or otherwise accountable for the death due to their negligence.

Based on the events leading up to 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

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.

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.  

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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