A 19-year-old Waikoloa man died Tuesday from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Queen Kaahumanu Highway 200 feet south of Kaiminani Drive on July 30 has been identified as Wyland K.B. Damaso of Waikoloa, according to Big Island Police.
Responding to a 10:43 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that Damaso was operating a 2012 Ford four-door sedan and traveling north on the Queen Kaahumanu Highway when he crossed the center line and collided with a 2001 Isuzu van being operated by a 54-year-old Kailua-Kona man.
Both men were wearing their seat belts. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.
Fire Rescue personnel took Damaso to Kona Community Hospital. He was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center.
The Kailua-Kona man was treated and released from Kona Community Hospital.
Damaso died at Queen’s at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation.
This is the 24th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 15 at this time last year.