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Elderly pedestrian struck and killed in Kona

A vehicle struck a pedestrian Wednesday night in Kailua-Kona, killing the elderly man, police say.

Police haven’t released the identity of the 70-year-old victim, who was struck by a southbound 2007 Toyota pickup truck at about 6:13 p.m. on Ane Keohokalole Highway at the intersection with Manawalea Street. According to police, the man was walking on the road in the southbound lane when he was hit.

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He was taken to the Kona Community Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:47 p.m.

The driver of the Toyota pickup, a 36-year-old Kailua-Kona man, wasn’t injured.

Police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

A negligent homicide investigation has been opened and an autopsy ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Officer Justin Hooser at 326-4646, ext. 229. Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 29th official traffic fatality this year compared to 31 at this time last year.

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