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Updated: Man killed in Kona hit-and-run crash identified


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MEDIA RELEASE (6/14/11)

Thanks to tips from the public, Big Island police have located a vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run motor vehicle/pedestrian crash on June 10 on the Hawai’i Belt Road (Route 11) .3 miles south of the 108-mile marker in Captain Cook, South Kona.

The 2001 Chevrolet Blazer was found in Captain Cook on Sunday morning (June 12).

The pedestrian, who died at Kona Community Hospital on June 10, has still not been identified. He is described as a local male, 35 to 45 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6, 140 to 150 pounds with black short hair, a mustache and beard, and a tattoo—possibly of a dragon—on his right arm. He was wearing a yellow tank top and dark khaki shorts and carrying a maroon California Pak bag.

Traffic Enforcement Unit investigators are looking for a possible witness to the crash, identified as 57-year-old Stanford Omori of Captain Cook or the Nāpo’opo’o area.

Police thank the public for their help in locating the car and ask that anyone with information as to the identity of the pedestrian or the whereabouts of Omori call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE (6/21/11)

Big Island police have identified a man killed June 10 from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash on the Hawai’i Belt Road in Captain Cook as 41-year-old Bounxou Saychantha, who had no permanent address.

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