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Police investigate road rage ramming incident in Puna


Big Island Police are investigating a reported road rage incident as a criminal property damage case.

At 8:15 p.m. Wednesday (July 25), a 59-year-old Puna man reported at the Pāhoa police station that he had been driving in the Pāhoa direction on the Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road (Route 130) when he passed a Toyota pickup truck just south of the intersection with Ainaloa Blvd. The Toyota truck then reportedly struck the victim’s truck three times from behind, with the third strike sending the victim’s vehicle into a slide.

As the victim drove to the police station, the suspect followed him but then drove away before police could contact him. He was last seen heading in the Keaʻau direction on Route 130 back toward Ainaloa.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark-colored new Toyota Tacoma 4-door pickup truck, possibly black or charcoal gray. It appeared to be lifted.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has information about the truck or its driver call Officer Shawn Tingle at 965-2716.

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 $1000. 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.

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