HONOKAA, Hawaii (AP) - Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in a crash that killed two women when the van they were riding in was forced off a Big Island road, police said Tuesday.
Josefina Visaya, 61, and Patrocinia Cadang, 54, both of Keaau, were killed in Monday's crash in Honokaa. A Nissan pickup truck overtook the van, which was carrying nine people, on Mamalahoa Highway, police said.
The truck driver was arrested for two counts of negligent homicide, four counts of negligent injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, driving with a suspended or revoked license and driving without no-fault insurance. He was also arrested for an outstanding bench warrant and was being held at the East Hawaii Detention Center pending further investigation.
The truck driver was traveling east when he overtook the Ford van. The truck was returning to the eastbound lane when it collided with the van, police said. Fire officials said both vehicles ended up on their sides in a 15-foot embankment.
Visaya and Cadang were taken to Hilo Medical Center where they were pronounced dead. Visaya's daughter said the women are distant relatives.
This was the island's 28th and 29th traffic fatality this year, compared with 15 at the same time last year.