HAWAII COUNTY – Two motorists were charged with driving under the influence following a fatal car accident in South Kohala.

According to police, speed and alcohol played a role in the Sunday morning crash that killed Kauaheaheokaua Lactaoen, 19, of Kamuela, and Rocky P. Pactol, 18, of Honokaa, near the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Kawaihae Road.

The victims were passengers in a 2000 Honda two-door sedan driven by an unidentified 19-year-old Paauilo man. The Honda was hit by a 2006 Ford F350 pickup driven by an unidentified 40-year-old Kamuela man.

The victims, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Lactaoen died at the scene of the accident just after 1 a.m., while Pactol was transported to a North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he died shortly before 4 a.m.

The drivers were also transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment.

Both drivers were arrested and charged with DUI. The Honda driver was also charged with suspicion of two counts of negligent homicide and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.

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