Kailua-Kona Man Dies Following Hit-and-Run on Hawai‘i Island
An unidentified Kailua-Kona man died following a single vehicle hit and run collision early this morning (Thursday, May 30, 2019) in Kailua-Kona, police said.
The incident was reported at around 12:51 a.m. on Hualalai Road, fronting the Kailua-Kona Public Library.
Police determined that an unknown vehicle heading east (mauka) on Hualalai Road had struck the pedestrian in the right lane. Through the preliminary investigation, police say it appears that the pedestrian was lying on the roadway when he was run over by the unknown vehicle. The unidentified man 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 Polynesian male in his 30’s, 5’4″ to 5’6″ tall and weighing between 140 to 160 pounds. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man.
Police say the suspect vehicle is possibly a truck or sport utility vehicle, based on 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 in Hawaiʻi County this year compared to 11 at the same time last year.