Police seek suspected hit-and-run driver

Police have located one of two vehicles allegedly involved in a recent pedestrian fatality in Kona and are renewing their request for information about the second vehicle.

A Kailua-Kona woman died following a hit-and-run collision Sunday on Kuakini Highway (Highway 11), 150 yards south of the 119-mile marker in North Kona.


Police say the woman hasn’t yet been positively identified.

Police have located a 2017 Kia Niro that was possibly involved in the traffic crash with the pedestrian.

Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating the second vehicle, a 2013-2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle would have sustained damage to the driver’s side front fender, bumper, hood, and possibly the windshield.

Failure to render aid when a person is killed in a traffic collision is a Class B felony that may be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

Police are investigating this incident as a negligent homicide, and are asking potential witnesses to contact Officer Len Hamakado at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229 or len.hamakado@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer anonymity can call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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