Public’s help requested in identifying driver, vehicle in Kaʻu hit-and-run accident

Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian Saturday, March 19.

About 11 p.m., Kaʻu patrol officers responded to a report of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian on Hawaiʻi Boulevard in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.

Police determined that a 24-year-old man, who had been lying on the road, was run over by a vehicle traveling north on Hawaiʻi Boulevard.

The man sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Kona Community Hospital and later transferred to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition.

The suspected vehicle is described as a newer-model white four-door Nissan pickup truck driven by a Caucasian-looking man wearing a white brim hat.

Police ask that anyone with information about the driver or vehicle call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Melissa D’Angelo at 939-2520.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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