A 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Sunday (December 19) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway at the 121-mile marker in Kailua-Kona.
The victim was identified as Brian Anthony Margate of a Kailua-Kona address.
Responding to a 7:06 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a 20-year-old Kailua-Kona woman was operating a 2005 Ford F-350 pickup truck and towing a horse trailer when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided into a 2001 Volkswagen 4-door sedan being operated by Margate.
Fire Department rescue personnel took the driver of the Ford truck and her 20-year-old sister to Kona Community Hospital, where they were treated and released with minor injuries.
The victim was taken Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m.
It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.
This is the 27th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 22 at this time last year.
Hawai'i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
December 20, 2010
Report No. C10034870