Crash victim ID’d as Kailua-Kona woman

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A 71-year-old woman who died Thursday in a two-vehicle collision on Hawaii island has been identified as Bernadette Chock of Kailua-Kona.

At about 2:40 p.m., police said, a 2009 Nissan Frontier operated by a 48-year-old Kailua-Kona man was traveling north on Highway 190 at the 33-mile marker when he crossed the centerline. The Nissan struck a 2007 Honda CR-V head-on.

Chock, who was operating the Honda, was transported to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said Chock’s passenger, a 73-year-old man, also sustained injuries in the collision and was taken to the hospital.

The 48-year-old Nissan Frontier driver also sustained injuries and remains at the hospital.

Police said inattention was a factor in the crash.

This is the 23rd traffic-related fatality on Hawaii island compared with 15 at the same time last year.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call police officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

Source: 911 in the 808