Double Fatality on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway

Two men died in a traffic crash early Thursday morning (March 3) in North Kona near the 81-mile marker of Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway.
HPDBadgeResponding to a 1:02 a.m. call, police determined that the operator of a 2004 Honda van had been traveling south on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when it crossed the centerline and was involved in a head-on collision with a 1999 Chevrolet van, which had been traveling north.

The driver of the Chevrolet was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m. He has been identified as 48-year-old Thomas Callero of Waikoloa.

The driver of the Honda was also taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:10 a.m. He has been identified as 70-year-old Stewart Kroll of Kailua-Kona.

It was not immediately known if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, extension 229. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

These are the third and fourth traffic fatalities this year compared with five at this time last year.

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