Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Christopher D. Gali
March 10, 2009
Report No. C08036584
Media Release (update)
The Hawai’i Police Department is renewing its request for help from the public in identifying the driver in a hit-and-run crash in Ka’u.
Forty-three-year-old John Patrick Burns of Ocean View died from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash on Hokulani Boulevard in the Hawaii Ocean View Ranchos subdivision sometime between 11:30 p.m., December 3, and 1:08 a.m., December 4.
Ka’u patrol officers determined that Burns was walking on Hokulani Boulevard when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The driver then fled the scene.
A resident returning home found the pedestrian in the middle of the road.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers are investigating the case as a negligent homicide and accident involving injury or death.
Police ask anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle involved in this case to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers calls are kept confidential.
Because this fatality occurred in a private subdivision, it was not counted toward the official fatality count.