Honoka‘a car crash death of Valentine Gines Jr., |Obituary|
34-year-old Valentine Gines Jr., of Pa‘auilo died in a fatal Hwy 19 car crash that occurred in Honoka‘a on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Police arrived at the scene of the wreck at 4:53 a.m. to find Gines unresponsive. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to official reports, Valentine was the driver of a Nissan pick-up truck southbound on Highway 19. At about 4:50 a.m., he crossed over the centerline and crashed into a school bus head-on.
Valentine was found unconscious at the scene and was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he died 5 hours later. He was the online occupant of the vehicle.
The school bus driver, who has not been named, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital.
Although the cause has yet to be determined, police say inattention may have been a contributor.
Source: Hawaii Police