Woman burned in vehicle, police say
Holualoa, Hawaii– A 51-year-old woman from Waimea died on Tuesday afternoon after a one car crash on Route 180, about 150 feet south of the five-mile marker in Holualoa in Kona.
Police say the woman, whose name is being withheld pending positive identification, was operating a 1997 Volkswagen four-door sedan and traveling north on Route 180 when she lost control and ran off the left side of the road about 50 feet down an embankment, where the vehicle caught on fire.
Police say the driver burned in the vehicle.
According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, police said that witnesses heard the woman yelling after the crash, as the fire consumed the Volkswagon. Attempts by bystanders to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and dirt were unsuccessful.
The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 7:01 p.m.
Police report that it is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in this case.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask that anyone with information about the crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.
UPDATE (4/15): Police say the 51-year-old woman who died Tuesday (April 13) from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Route 180 in Hōlualoa has been identified as Jerridee L. Halliwell of Kamuela.