By Hawaii County Police
A 53-year-old Hilo woman died Saturday (March 16) from injuries she received in a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision at the intersection Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 19) and Pukihae Street in Hilo.
Responding to a 9:38 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the pedestrian was on the mauka side shoulder of the road fronting the crosswalk when she was struck by a 2005 Kia four-door sedan traveling south being operated by a 37-year-old Volcano man.
The pedestrian was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by Fire Rescue personnel where she later died at 11:58 p.m.
The driver of the Kia and 3-year-old son were not injured.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.
The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Paul Kim at 333-9708. Police are asking that if anyone was following the Kia into Hilo to call police.
This is the 10th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 7 at the same time last year.
UPDATE: The woman was identified as Pamela G. Wilson of a Hilo address.