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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Single Vehicle Accident Results in Fatality

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Date: June 14, 2011
Contact: Jim Gale, 808-985-6010

In the early morning hours of Sunday June 12th, within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, a single vehicle accident on Highway 11 near milepost 35 claimed the life of 20-year old Bryson Areola from Kea`au, Hawaii. Another occupant in the vehicle, 19-year old Julien Quiocho from Hilo, Hawaii was flown to Queen's Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition with head and spinal injuries.

National Park Service rangers believe the accident happened at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the driver lost control and crashed into the lava field. It is believed that speed and alcohol may have contributed to the accident and an investigation is underway. Anyone who may have witnessed this accident or who may have information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-6001.

Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno would like to thank Hawai`i County Fire and Police personnel for their assistance in the medical treatment of the victims and investigation of the accident.

Did You Know?

Ripe `ohelo berries ready to be eaten by nene.

`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.