Tag Archives: Hawaii Police Department

Big Island tops in motor vehicle fatalities.


Hawaii News Digest, 22 October 2017, 1510 UTC, Post #15819.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/big-island-tops-motor-vehicle-traffic-fatalities

Reporter:  Tiffany DeMasters (“West Hawaii Today”).

Accessed on 22 October 2017, 1510 UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii County has the dubious distinction of being the deadliest driving environment in the State of Hawaii.  According to a report from the Hawaii Department of Transportation, Hawaii Island leads the state in motor traffic vehicle fatalities.

Hawaii Police Sgt, Brad Freitas tells reporter Tiffany DeMasters that he’s not surprised by the statistics which place Hawaii County second behind Honolulu is overall traffic deaths.  Freitas says the three leading causes of traffic fatalities in Hawaii County are speed, alcohol, and distracted driving.

He also adds this observation:

“I would say it’s just the dynamics of how our island is…We have more open highway with higher speed limits than Honolulu.”

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Two county vehicles stolen and torched by vandals


Hawaii News Digest, 18 October 2017, 1525 UTC, Post #15796.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/2-county-vehicles-stolen-torched

Accessed on 18 October 2017, 1525 UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Police Department is looking for those responsible for breaking into the Department of Public Works baseyard in Kealakekua and stealing a white, 2008 Honda Civic and a white, 2006 Jeep Liberty.  The theft occurred between 07 October and 09 October 2017.  Police later found the vehicles torched in South Kona.

Those with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.

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Man killed, woman injured in Saddle Road crash


Hawaii News Digest, 15 October 2017, 0355 UTC, Post #15775.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36598844/police-driver-overtook-solid-yellow-line-before-fatal-crash

Accessed on 15 October 2017, 0355 UTC.

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Comment:

Here’s an updated report about the fatal collision this morning (Saturday) on the Saddle Road/Daniel K. Inouye Highway:

According to Hawaii police the fatal accident occurred around 7:20 Saturday morning (14 October 2017) near the 38-mile marker. The male driver of a Dodge Caravan heading south toward Kailua-Kona “overtook a vehicle on a double solid yellow line” and “collided head-on with a Honda heading towards Hilo.”  The driver of the Dodge Caravan was later pronounced dead at the North Hawaii Community Hospital.

The highway was reopened around 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Saddle Road temporarily closed because of traffic accident


Hawaii News Digest, 15 October 2017, 0340 UTC, Post #15774.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/6077337.html

Accessed on 15 October 2017, 0340 UTC.

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Comment:

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday (14 October 2017), Hawaii police closed a portion of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway/Saddle Road because of a traffic accident.

Police have asked motorists to drive up to mile-marker 9 above Hilo and then proceed to the Waiki’i entrance above Waimea.  Hawaii County Civil Defense officials will update the road closure over local radio stations.

Just a quick reminder to all FCC-licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) on Hawaii Island:

The 2017 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be held on Saturday, 21 October 2017, from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.  The goal of SET is “to exercise…emergency communications capabilities” and “to provide reliable communications when normal means of communications fail or become overloaded.” All amateur radio operators are invited to participate in this exercise.  For details, contact cerisanders@gmail.com.

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No citations in bike, car collision


Hawaii News Digest, 14 October 2017, 0630 UTC, Post #15769.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/no-citation-fike-car-collision

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 14 October 2017, 0630 UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii police have confirmed that “no citations were issued in a crash involving an Ironman triathlete and (a) vehicle on Queen Kaahumanu Highway Wednesday morning.’

The crash sent veteran athlete Tim Don to the Kona Community Hospital with damaged vertebrae in the neck.  Don will be out of competition for 5 to 6 weeks while he recovers from the injury.

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Cellphone reported cause of head-on collision


Hawaii News Digest, 04 October 2017, 0455 UTC, Post #15711.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/cellphone-reported-cause-head-collision

Reporter:  Hawaii Police Department.

Accessed on 04 October 2017, 0455 UTC.

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Comment:

Distracted driving continues to be a major traffic issue on Hawaii Island.  In this case, the cellphone was not in use, but it did contribute to inattention leading to a head-on collision.

The Hawaii Police Department said the retrieval of a cellphone was a factor in the Monday (2 October 2017) head-on collision near mile marker 11 on the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea.

The 75-year-old driver of a car heading north told police that he reached down to pick up his cellphone when his vehicle turned into the southbound lane. A 26-year-old man in a car headed south tried to avoid the oncoming car but was unable to avoid a collision.

Three people remain hospitalized because of the crash.

Opinion:

What will it take to change this pattern of distracted driving?  It’s already illegal to use a cellphone in your vehicle, but some folks insist on texting, instagramming, and talking on their digital devices despite the ban.  Inattention to driving has caused many accident and even deaths.  Perhaps distracted driving should be elevated to a more important crime, with heftier fines and the loss of driving privileges.

What do you think?

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Man sought by Kona police


Hawaii News Digest, 27 September 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15667.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/man-sought-by-police

Accessed on 27 September 2017, 1555 UTC.

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Comment:

Kona police are searching for 50-year-old Peter E. Fuerte, who is wanted for questioning stemming from an auto theft investigation and “on multiple arrest warrants for contempt of court.”

Fuerte is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs around 200 pounds, and is balding.  He has a mustache and beard, along with tatoos on his body and arms.

Those with information on this suspect should call police at 935-3311.

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