Woman electrocuted by downed power lines in Puna

photo of the vehicle from Daryl Lee’s video

(BIVN) – A 59-year-old woman was killed and a 58-year-old man was injured on Tuesday night in the Hawai’ian Beaches Subdivision, after power lines fell on their parked vehicle.

Hawai’i Police said Puna patrol officers responded to a vehicle fire reported at around 8:41 p.m. on October 12, “which originated from downed power lines in the area of ​​Oopu Street and Kahakai Boulevard. “.

Extract from the police press release:

Officers determined that a man and woman were sitting in the vehicle parked in Block 15-2700 of Oopu Street when part of a tree fell on power lines, causing live lines to fall and contact with the vehicle roof. and the surrounding foliage nearby.

The downed lines continued to form on the roof of the vehicle. The male occupant exited the vehicle by climbing through a rear hatch window that had previously been removed and exited without incident.

The occupant then attempted to exit the vehicle through the same tailgate window and subsequently fell on a galvanized barrier that was directly behind the vehicle. As she fell, she came into contact with the fence, as well as the vehicle, and was electrocuted. The group of men attempted to bring the female to safety, but was unsuccessful, and he was then thrown to the ground by force of electricity.

The occupant was treated on site for minor injuries. The occupant was transported to Hilo Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.

photo of tree branches above a power line from Daryl Lee video

The incident was classified as a public accident and a coroner’s inquest was opened.

The identity of the victim is withheld pending notification of the next of kin, police said. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or had information about the incident to contact Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins of the Zone I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2252 or by email. at [email protected] gov or call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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