One person in custody following a single-vehicle collision on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona Sunday evening (April 18th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responding to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) in Kailua-Kona Sunday evening (April 18th).
The initial call came in at 8:05 pm Sunday evening and HFD Crews from the Kailua Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the intersection of Makala Boulevard and Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a single-vehicle (described as a Grey Dodge Van) had collided with a large-sized traffic signal pole, and the vehicle was reported to blocking one lane heading south (Kona) bound. It was also noted the driver of the SUV (described as a male with his not disclosed) had left the scene on foot heading down Makala Boulevard.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HPD Officers located the male operator at a parking lot of a business located on Luhia Street and HFD Medic later arrived at the scene to begin a medical assessment of the male operator, however, was later released to the custody of HPD Officers.
HFD Fire Personnel assisted other HPD Officers with securing the vehicle until the tow truck later arrived to clear the vehicle. Department of Public Works (DPW) personnel were notified to inspect the traffic signal pole, as suffered major damage, however, was still functioning and upright.
The male operator was then taken to the Kealakehe Police Station for further processing for suspicion of driving under the influence.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.