Kailua-Kona Information Update for June 14th, 2022
A female pedestrian is in extremely critical condition following an auto vs pedestrian collision on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19) in Kailua-Kona early Tuesday evening (June 14th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawai'i Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawai'i Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of an auto vs pedestrian collision that occurred on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19) just north of the intersection with Palani Road (Highway 190) in Kailua-Kona early Tuesday evening (June 14th).
The initial call came in at 5:05 pm Tuesday evening and HFD Crews from the Kailua-Kona and Keauhou Fire Stations along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to the scene located approximately 0.1 miles north of the intersection with Palani Road in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from motorists and bystanders reporting a vehicle (described as a silver Mercury sedan) traveling south on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway had struck a pedestrian (described as a female approximately in her 50s) at an unknown rate of speed. The vehicle had allegedly left the scene continuing south on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway. Bystanders immediately rush to the female pedestrian and began providing basic medical care until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews continue with the medical care of the female pedestrian while HPD Officers work to locate the vehicle involved. Upon further investigating the area, later located the vehicle and operator nearby and took the party into custody as a standard part of any major traffic collision investigation. The operator of the vehicle was reported to be uninjured.
HFD Medic then transported the female pedestrian to the Kona Community Hospital with her condition listed as extremely critical at the time of transport. No updates were given on the patient's condition after being transported.
Due to the patient's condition, HPD TEU Officers arrived at the scene and began their investigation into the collision. HPD Officers closed the Southbound lanes of Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway between 'Eho Street and Palani Road, while they continued their on-scene investigation. The closure had caused a major traffic backlog throughout the Kailua-Kona area on multiple alternate routes.
HPD TEU continues to investigate the incident.
This is the third critical collision to occur on Hawai'i Island Roadways in the last 48 hours.