Police ID woman killed in Keaau crash


Hawaii Island police have identified the 53-year-old Puna woman who died Saturday following a two-car crash on Highway 130 in Keaau.

The victim was identified as Ahn Kim Tran, of Keaau, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.

Tran was driving a 2001 Mercury four-door sedan and headed northbound on Highway 130 when she apparently crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 1999 Mercedes Benz all-purpose vehicle, according to police, who responded to the 8:28 p.m. report of a crash near the intersection of Highway 130 and Highway 139.

Hawaii County Fire Department rescue personnel transported the driver of the Mercedes, a 56-year-old woman, and her 23-year-old daughter to Hilo Medical Center for treatment, according to police.

Tran was pronounced dead at 11:26 p.m. at Hilo Medical Center, according to police.

All three were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to police.

Anyone with information on the crash should call Officer Casey Cabral at 961-8889.

This is the first traffic fatality on a Big Island public roadway reported in 2014, compared with none at this time in 2013, according to police.