Two people injured following a critical (hit-and-run) two-vehicle collision on Makala Boulevard in Kailua-Kona Saturday morning (June 13th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa and Kamuela) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a critical (hit-and-run) two-vehicle collision that occurred on Kuakini Highway fronting Kailua Playground at Old Kona Airport Park in Kailua-Kona Saturday morning (June 13th).
The initial call came in at 9:20 am Saturday morning and HFD crews from the Kailua and Keauhou Fire Stations and HPD officers from the Kona Patrol, Criminal Investigative Division (CID), and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located on Kuakini Highway just south of the intersection with Makala Boulevard in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a vehicle (described as an Acura sedan) had collided with a moped with two riders (one described as a male in his 30's and female in her 20's) aboard on Kuakini Highway fronting Kailua Playground/Old Kona Airport Park. The sedan reportedly had left the scene heading eastbound on Makala Boulevard. Bystanders including HFD personnel nearby conducting a project at Old Kona Airport Park, assisted with medical care for both riders until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, responding HFD crews immediately took over medical care for both patients. HFD Medics then transported both the male and female to the Kona Community Hospital with there conditions ranging from Serious to Critical Condition. No update was given on both rider's conditions.
HPD officers later located the sedan near the scene and officers took the operator of the sedan into custody. Due to the male patient's condition, HPD officers from TEU and CID arrived at the scene a short time later to begin their investigation into the collision.
Due to the HPD investigation, Kuakini Highway between Makala Boulevard and Loluku Street was temporarily closed and later reopened just before 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon.