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Police seek driver and vehicle involved in Ocean View hit-and-run


Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian a week ago Saturday.

About 11 p.m. on March 19, Kaʻū patrol officers responded to a report of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian on Hawaiʻi Boulevard, in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.

Police determined that a 24-year-old man, who had been lying on the road, was run over by a vehicle traveling north on Hawaiʻi Boulevard.

The man sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Kona Community Hospital and later transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition.

The suspected vehicle is described as a newer-model white four-door Nissan pickup truck driven by a Caucasian man wearing a white brim hat.

Police ask that anyone with information about the driver or vehicle call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Melissa D’Angelo at 939-2520.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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