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Big Island Police Investigating Puna Road Rage Incident

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle case stemming from a road rage incident in Puna on Monday (April 29).

HPDBadgeAfter a traffic dispute around 6:45 p.m., the driver of a blue Honda sedan hurled objects at the victim’s car and forced it onto the shoulder of Highway 130 near the 4-mile marker. The suspect then reached into the victim’s vehicle and assaulted him.

The victim was driving a Champagne colored Honda sedan and heading toward Pāhoa.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information about this case is asked to call Officer Jenny Lee at 965-2716 or 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Big Island Police Investigating Road Rage Incident on Highway 130

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.

Highway 130 and Ainaloa Blvd.

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.

Take the HI Road Campaign Kicks Off

First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is inviting the public to help bring courtesy back to Hawaii’s streets and highways. FICOH recently commissioned a survey by Qmark Research to get some hard data on the state of courtesy on our roads. Among other findings, the survey found that more than half of the 800 drivers polled believe their fellow drivers are less courteous today than they were five years ago. The results of the survey are the inspiration for FICOH’s new “Take the HI Road” campaign, which launched today.

“Driver courtesy – or the perceived lack of it – is a passionate topic of conversation. These are the conversations we’re hoping to tap into and engage our community in,” said FICOH president and CEO Allen Uyeda. “We not only want to spotlight the importance of driver courtesy but also give Hawaii drivers a way to share the good and courteous things happening on our roads so that together we can spark a positive change in driving behaviors in Hawaii.”

The Take the HI Road campaign kicked off with a sign-waving event this morning in front of FICOH’s offices on Ward Avenue and Beretania Street with dozens of employees and officers with the Honolulu Police Department participating. In addition, FICOH has launched a campaign page on its website, www.ficoh.com/takethehiroad, where drivers are invited to share their thanks for acts of courtesy they experience on the road, and in this way help to start a chain reaction of courteous actions. New thank-you messages will be shared on the Web page daily. Drivers who share their thanks will be entered in a weekly drawing for a road relaxation kit.

Members of the community will be invited to join FICOH employees at more Take the HI Road sign-waving events in the future. In addition, Hawaii drivers may participate in a dialogue about the state of courtesy on Hawaii roadways on FICOH’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Of the Hawaii drivers QMark polled, 89 percent believe that if they show someone courtesy on the road, that person is more likely to be courteous to someone else,” said Uyeda. “This shows us that when we act with courtesy, it has a positive ripple effect that can lead to safer roadways. No matter how stressful our environment or how many delays we face, we still control our behavior.”

For the poll that FICOH commissioned, QMark Research surveyed 789 drivers who live in Hawaii for at least six months out of the year, have a driver’s license and drive at least twice in an average week. The survey covered drivers on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. (See QMark slides for more survey findings.)

 

Road Rage Against Ex-Boyfriend… Leads to Multiple Charges Against 22-Year Old Big Island Woman

Media Release:

A Hōnaunau woman was arrested Monday (August 1) after she allegedly tried to run her ex-boyfriend’s pickup truck off the road in Kailua-Kona.

At 6:15 p.m. Monday, police received a report of what was initially described as a road rage incident on Palani Road.

A few minutes later, an Area II vice officer was traveling east up Hinalani Street above the Kaloko industrial area, when he saw vehicles pulling off to the shoulder of the road to make way for two vehicles that were traveling down the road at a high rate of speed. A red Toyota pickup truck was traveling west in the west-bound lane and a blue Ford sedan was traveling west in the east-bound lane. The car nearly collided with the vice officer’s car before it swerved into the west-bound lane.

As the vice officer radioed for backup and turned his car around to pursue the vehicles, he observed both vehicles stopped on the shoulder of the roadway. The woman who had been driving the car got out and ran toward the truck, occupied by a 20-year-old Kailua-Kona man and his 17-year-old female passenger. The vice officer detained the woman, 22-year-old Kahea Reyes of Hōnaunau, until patrol officers arrived to take control of the scene.

Kahea Reyes

Kahea Reyes (Photo from her Myspace Page)

Patrol officers determined that Reyes was the ex-girlfriend of the driver of the pickup truck. She reportedly had been following the truck from Palani Road and had attempted to run it off the road three times on Hinalani Street by ramming it in the side and rear.

Reyes was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, criminal property damage, two counts of reckless endangering and two counts of terroristic threatening. She was also arrested and charged with contempt of court for an outstanding bench warrant and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on that charge.

Following her court appearance, she will be held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

More Updates on the Highway 130 Road Rage Incident From Yesterday

Media Release:

A 54 year-old Puna man was charged for attempted murder and other offenses following an apparent “road rage” incident that occurred in Puna on Wednesday. (May 18, 2011)

David Woodward

David Dean Woodward

David Dean Woodward of Hawaiian Paradise Park was arrested and charged for attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, criminal property damage in the first degree, reckless driving, and harassment. Bail for Woodward was set at $350,750.00. He remains in police custody at the East Hawaii Detention Center pending his initial court appearance on Monday (May 23, 2011.)

The charges stem from a report police received on Wednesday around 7:49 a.m. of what initially appeared to be a traffic collision on Maku’u Drive at the Route 130 (Kea’au/Pāhoa Highway) intersection. Police received numerous reports from passing motorists that prior to the collision, the occupants of a blue Chevrolet Equinox had been arguing with the driver of an early model blue BMW sedan and it appeared that one of the vehicles intentionally rammed the other, forcing it off the roadway and into a guardrail.

The 47-year-old driver of the Chevrolet and his 17-year-old son were injured but declined medical treatment. The 54-year-old driver of the BMW sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Police learned that the Chevrolet was traveling up Maku’u Drive when the BMW passed it on the left. This action apparently was followed by aggressive behavior by an occupant of the Chevrolet. The driver in the BMW allegedly made a U-turn and intentionally rammed his car into the driver’s side of the Chevrolet.

The 17-year-old occupant of the Chevrolet was arrested for criminal property damage but was released pending additional investigation.

The driver of the BMW, David Woodward of Kea’au, was initially arrested for first-degree criminal property damage once he was discharged from the hospital.

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident on Maku’u Drive as well as the collision to call Detective Wendell Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808)961-2378. 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.

Road Rage on Highway 130 in Puna

Hawaii County Police Department
Media Release:

A 54-year-old Puna man is in police custody following an apparent “road rage” incident in Puna on Wednesday (May 18).

Around 7:49 a.m., police received a report of what initially appeared to be a traffic collision on Maku’u Drive at the Route 130 (Kea’au/Pāhoa Highway) intersection. Police received numerous reports from passing motorists that prior to the collision, the occupants of a blue Chevrolet Equinox had been arguing with the driver of an early model blue BMW sedan and it appeared that one of the vehicles intentionally rammed the other, forcing it off the roadway and into a guardrail.

The 47-year-old driver of the Chevrolet and his 17-year-old son were injured but declined medical treatment. The 54-year-old driver of the BMW sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Police learned that the Chevrolet was traveling up Mauku’u Drive when the BMW passed it on the left. This action apparently was followed by aggressive behavior by an occupant of the Chevrolet. The driver in the BMW allegedly made a U-turn and intentionally rammed his car into the driver’s side of the Chevrolet.

The 17-year-old occupant of the Chevrolet was arrested for criminal property damage but was released pending additional investigation.

The driver of the BMW, David Woodward of Kea’au, was arrested for first-degree criminal property damage once he was discharged from the hospital. He is being held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section conduct further investigation.

Police ask that motorists who witnessed the initial incident on Maku’u Drive or the subsequent collision call Detective Wendell Carter at 961-2378.

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.