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Woman killed in Kea`au traffic mishap



A 53-year old woman is dead following a two car crash Saturday evening near the Hawai`i Island Humane Societys Kea`au shelter on Highway 130. 

Police say the victim was driving a 2001 Mercury sedan when she crossed the highway median around 8:15 p.m. and struck a 1999 Mercedes Benz. The 56-year old driver of the Mercedes and her 23-year old daughter were taken to Hilo Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. All three were wearing seat belts, but speed is believed to have been a factor in the accident. 

Police have launched a negligent homicide investigation.

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