One person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle (moped vs vehicle) collision on Highway 19 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Pāpa'ikou, South Hilo Saturday evening (August 7th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo and Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 19 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Pāpa'ikou, South Hilo Saturday evening (August 7th).
The initial call came in at 8:59 pm Saturday evening and HFD Crews from the Central Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located on Highway 19 near the intersection of Mill Road (or fronting the Old Pinky's Building) in Pāpa'ikou, South Hilo.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came into 911 reporting an initially an auto vs pedestrian collision near the intersection of Mill Road on Highway 19 in Pāpa'ikou. However, upon further investigation by bystanders found that a moped rider (described as male in his 30s) was struck by a vehicle (described as a Toyota sedan) on Highway 19. In the course of the collision, the operator of the moped was ejected and hit the windshield of the vehicle that struck the rider and landed on the roadway, suffering from multiple traumatic injuries. Bystanders immediately provided basic medical care to the operator of the moped until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews then took over medical care of the male operator and later prepared him for transport to the hospital. HFD Medic had then transported the male operator to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition. The HIRSC Team has learned the male operator has since been medevac to a Level III Trauma Center on Oahu for further medical treatment, no further information on the patient's condition was released.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.