Kauai police are investigating an apparent hit-and-run that left a 12-year-old girl in critical condition.
It happened at around 7 a.m. Thursday on Laukona Street, just south of the Hoohana Street intersection, in Hanamaulu.
Police say the girl appeared to have been walking along Laukona Street when she was hit. The vehicle was not at the scene when police arrived.
Her father identified her as Arayza Sabay.
Raymundo Sabay tells us the morning started like any other, and she called out to him as she left for school.
“Our house is close by the bus stop. … I hear, ‘Dad, I’m going now.’ I go ‘Okay, take care,'” he said. “I got out of the house. I saw some police car blocking the road, and I didn’t know it was my daughter (who) was involved in the accident.”
Arayza Sabay was flown to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where she remains in critical condition. Raymundo Sabay tells us she is in intensive care.
“I understand that it was an accident, but I’m only upset because he run away. He leave my daughter over there. Maybe he should call 911 right away, so the time is precious,” he said.
A portion of Laukona Street was closed for approximately three hours while police investigated the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call traffic investigator Shawn Hanna at 241-1618, or police dispatch at 241-1711.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.