KONA, Hawaii – A man and a woman killed in a Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway crash on Tuesday afternoon have been identified by police.
The driver of the 2007 Honda two door-sedan involved in the single car crash was Michelle K. Deluz, a 24 year old woman of a Waikoloa address.
The passenger was identified as Gary J. Fergerstrom, also 24, of a Kailua-Kona address.
Police say DeLuz was driving south on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when she lost control of the sedan, crossed the centerline and ran off the left side of the road, where the vehicle rolled into a lava field near the 79-mile-marker in North Kona.
Police say the driver and the passenger were both not wearing their seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle.
Fergerstrom was flown by the Fire Department helicopter to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he died at 3:34 p.m.
DeLuz was dead at the scene
police say it is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide and coroner’s inquest case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.
These are the 14th and 15th traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year compared with 14 at this time last year.