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Kona Pedestrian Dies in Early Morning Hit-and-Run

February 28, 2013, 2:35 PM HST
* Updated February 28, 6:16 PM
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***Updated at 6:15 p.m. with identity of victim.***

A 71-year-old Kona man walking along Highway 11 in Kealakekua died early today following a hit-and-run collision.

Police said the victim was walking north on the mauka shoulder in the area of Hokukano Road when he was struck.

The driver fled the scene.

Police are looking for a sedan with damage to the front end and hood, and possibly the windshield.

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The accident was reported to police at 1:32 a.m.

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The victim was transported to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:54 a.m.

He was identified this afternoon as Francisco Asuncion of Kealakekua.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, Ext. 229.

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Tipsters who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181.

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