Honolulu, HI – Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway Closed After Fatal Accident on Big Island
May 12, 2022
Honolulu, HI (May 11, 2022) – A 23-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona was killed on Monday, May 9th in a two-car accident on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in South Kohala.
Police have since identified the victim.
The incident took place at about 2:00 a.m. on the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway near milepost 76 in South Kohala.
An investigation determined that a 2017 Toyota 4Runner and a 2018 Isuzu Box truck traveling southbound on the highway collided with one another.
The force of the impact shoved the Toyota 4Runner off the west shoulder where it crashed into a lava embankment.
Police are looking into both speed and impairment as potential factors in the collision.
An occupant of the Toyota was taken by paramedics to Kona Community Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 5:53 a.m.
An autopsy has been ordered to establish the cause of death.
The driver of the box truck, a 70-year-old man from Kamuela, was unharmed during the crash.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Wrongful Death Suits in Hawaii
When a person’s wrongdoing, negligence, action, or inaction results in another person’s death, the surviving family members of the deceased are entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the liable party.
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 the justice and financial compensation 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
A wrongful death action is a civil claim. This means they are handled in civil courts and are separate from any criminal case that involves the defendant.
As a civil claim, a wrongful death action focuses on adjudicating whether or not the defendant is answerable for the damages sustained by the victim and their surviving relatives. 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 could be found 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
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 was caused by 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.
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.
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.