15-year-old boy dies in collision with vehicle on Big Island

A 15-year-old boy was killed in a car accident in Pepeekeo on Monday.

He was identified as Zion Hao-Kallio of Ocean View, the Hawaii Police Department said. An autopsy should be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

The crash happened on the Mamalahoa Highway just before 6:10 p.m.

Police say a 1996 Honda Civic was traveling south on the freeway in the 12-mile marker area when it attempted to pass another vehicle.

The Honda lost control on the wet asphalt and sped into the oncoming lane heading north, hitting a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck, police said.

A third vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Solara, traveling behind the Honda was struck by flying debris in the crash.

Police said the 20-year-old Honda driver and Hao-Kallio, a rear passenger, were thrown from the vehicle during the impact.

Hao-Kallio was unresponsive at the scene and was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say the Honda driver suffered serious internal injuries and was taken to hospital where he is undergoing surgery this morning. A 16-year-old front passenger was slightly injured.

The Chevrolet driver, a 40-year-old woman, suffered a broken right heel and other injuries. She is also being treated at Hilo Medical.

The Toyota driver, a 58-year-old woman, was not injured.

Police believe speed played a role in the collision.

This is the 25th traffic-related death in Hawaii County, up from 13 at the same time last year.

The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a negligent homicide. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Jerome Duarte at 808-961-2339 or by email at Jerome.Duarte@HawaiiCounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.