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Keaau woman dies in fatal crash

August 18, 2014 - 10:53am

A 25-year-old Keaau woman died Sunday from injuries she suffered in a one-vehicle crash on 20th Avenue off Kaloli Drive in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Keaau. The driver was identified as Christina K. Fujiyama of Keaau, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Responding to a 3:28 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined Fujiyama was operating a 1994 Acura four-door sedan and traveling east on 20th Avenue when she lost control and struck a rock wall. She was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Fire rescue personnel took Fujiyama to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved, but speed was a factor in this crash, police said.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Anyone with information about this crash should call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2293.

Because this crash occurred in a private subdivision, the death is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count, police said.

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