Big Island Police Looking for Driver of Car that Hit Moped Rider

Media Release:

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a moped in Kona on Sunday (July 17).

Around 8:05 p.m. Sunday, Kona Patrol officers responded to a reported vehicle/moped accident at the intersection of Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway. A witness said the vehicle was traveling south on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and preparing to turn left onto Kealakehe Parkway when it struck the moped in the intersection and then continued its left turn onto Kealakehe Parkway without stopping.

The operator of the moped sustained severe head injuries and was taken to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he is listed in critical condition.

The vehicle is described as possibly a dark-colored pickup truck or sports-utility vehicle. It was last seen heading east on Kealakehe Parkway. It should have some front-end damage and may have a broken or cracked windshield.

Police ask that anyone with information about the vehicle or its operator call Officer Josiah Coe at 326-4646, extension 254, 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 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.

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