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Hawaii Island Information Update for May 30th, 2019

2 people have died and 1 person in critical condition following multiple collisions on Hawaii Island Roadways

2 people have died and another in critical condition following multiple collisions across Hawaii Island in less than 24 hours.


1st incident occurred in Lower Puna early Wednesday morning (May 29th):


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident on Highway 130 near the intersection with Kama'ili Road in Lower Puna early Wednesday morning (May 29th).


The initial call came in at 5:16 am Wednesday morning and crews from the Pahoa Fire Station along with Chopper 2 responded to the scene located on Highway 130 near Kama'ili Road (or Opihakao Road) at 15.5 mile marker.


Upon the arrival of HFD crews, the pedestrian (described as a being a female in her 60's) was apparently walking with a dog on Highway 130 when struck by a SUV, which was found further up Highway 130 near the steam vents. The driver of the SUV continued further up Highway 130 to get a cell phone signal to call for help and to report the incident.

As HPD officers arrived on scene, they immediately began life-saving measures on the female patient, who was found unresponsive. The dog, described to be small in size and accompanying the female victim, became aggressive to arriving HPD officers in an attempt to protect the female victim.


Once on scene, HFD immediately took over life-saving measures on the female patient and later declared the patient dead on arrival (DOA) due to traumatic injuries at the scene and turned the scene over to HPD to begin their investigation. The small dog that found at the scene, who was making attempts to protect the female patient and became aggressive towards first responders at the scene, was picked up by Hawaii Island Humane Society personnel and taken to the Kea'au Shelter.


The driver in the vehicle involved was not injured.


Kama'ili Road and Highway 130 was closed for short portion of Wednesday morning while police conducted their investigation into the causes and circumstances of the crash.


Name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and positive identification.


HPD Traffic Enforcement Unit continues their investigation into the crash at this time.


This is the 9th traffic fatality for 2019.

2nd incident leaves a man in his 20's in critical condition following a motorcycle collision Wednesday Afternoon:


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a critical motorcycle vs. motor vehicle accident that happened on Ali'i Drive near the 2.5-Mile Marker on Wednesday evening (May 29th).


The initial call came in 5:05 pm Wednesday evening and crews from Kailua-Kona Fire Station responded to the scene located on Ali'i Drive near Stardust Lane intersection. Upon the arrival of HFD Crews, witnesses reported motorcycle and vehicle had collided on Ali'i Drive and the motorcyclist (described as a male in his 20's) was reported to be unresponsive with traumatic injuries.


Once HFD crews arrived on scene, they immediately began life-saving measures on the male victim and later transported the victim to the Kona Community Hospital in extremely critical condition, where the male patient's condition remains unknown at this time.

The driver of the vehicle involved was not injured.


HPD closed Ali'i Drive temporarily while HFD crews were on scene.


HPD's Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) investigators responded to scene and began their investigation into the cause and circumstances into the cause of critical accident.

3rd Incident was a Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian accident on Hualalai Road in Kailua-Kona early Thursday morning (May 30th):


Hawai‘i Police Department

Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi

Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 229

Report No. 19-043165


An unidentified Kailua-Kona man died following a single vehicle hit and run collision on Thursday (May 30) in Kailua-Kona on Hualalai Road, fronting the Kailua-Kona Public Library. 


Responding to a 12:51 a.m. call, police determined that an unknown vehicle heading east (Mauka) on Hualalai Road had struck the pedestrian in the right lane. Through the preliminary investigation, it appears that the pedestrian was lying on the roadway when he was run over by the unknown vehicle.


The unidentified male was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.


An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.


The victim is described as a dark complexion Polynesian male in his 30’s, possibly Marshallese or Micronesian, 5-feet-4-inches to 5-feet-6-inches and between 140-160 pounds. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the male party.


The suspect vehicle is possibly a truck or sport utility vehicle due to the injuries sustained by the victim.


The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Jason Foxworthy at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.


This is the 10th traffic fatality this year compared to 11 at this time last year.

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