03-21-22 Police Ask Public for Help in Hilo Traffic Investigation

Hawai‘i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Sergeant Jeremy Riddle
Phone: (808) 961-2391
Report No. 22-024288

Media Release

The Hawai’i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in piecing together a traffic incident that occurred early Sunday morning, March 20, 2022, on Kalanikoa Street near the Kawamoto Swim Stadium in Hilo.

Around 12:48 a.m. an officer was patrolling the area and came upon a male tending to a female on the ground near a vehicle in an apparent vehicle/pedestrian traffic incident.

Initial statements taken at the scene revealed that the man and woman were traveling in a 2015 Nissan Armada on Kalanikoa Street, when the female jumped from the vehicle.

The couple, who reside in Hilo, were identified as 31-year old Samson Manu-Olevao who was the driver, and 32-year-old Wikolia Manu-Olevao, who was the apparent passenger.

Wikoloa Manu-Olevao was taken to Hilo Medical Center and later transported to Queens Medical Center for further treatment of her injuries, where she remains in critical but stable condition.

Samson Manu-Olevao was arrested at the scene for negligent injury, and later released pending further investigation.

The East Hawaii Traffic Unit and Juvenile Aid Section are continuing the investigation, which may include other criminal offenses being filed.

The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the negligent injury investigation and is seeking public assistance for any additional information regarding what occurred.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information is urged to contact Sergeant Jeremy Riddle at (808) 961-2391 or via email Jeremy.Riddle@HawaiiCounty.gov. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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