Kona hit-and-run accidents 09-13-06

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA PATROL
CAPTAIN PAUL KEALOHA
PHONE: 326-4646, EXT. 253
SEPTEMBER 14, 2006

MEDIA RELEASE

Kona police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the drivers of vehicles involved in two hit-and-run accidents.

The first was on August 27, 2006. At around 5:55 p.m., police responded to a report of a traffic accident in Honaunau. Witnesses reported that a pickup truck traveling down Keola O Keawe Road had pulled to the shoulder of the roadway. A 16-year-old girl had exited the truck to retrieve something from the truck’s bed when she was hit by a sedan traveling down the same road.

Witnesses described the sedan as a Dodge Neon, year unknown. It was reported to be light brown with five-spoke chrome wheels and rims, a back trunk spoiler and tinted windows. It was driven by a male with a tan complexion.

The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital and then transferred to The Queens Medical Center. She was later released in satisfactory condition.

The second hit-and-run accident happened in Honalo on Wednesday, September 13, at 7:40 p.m. A 51-year-old woman was walking south on the shoulder of Mamalahoa Highway when an unknown vehicle heading north struck her and then left the scene. The victim was taken to the Kona hospital for treatment of injuries received in the crash.

Police are asking for help from anyone who witnessed the second crash or anyone who knows the identity of the driver of the Dodge Neon used in the first crash. Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the Kona police station at 326-4646, extension 253, or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo.

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