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Kamuela Skateboarder Critically Injured in Traffic Collision Flown to Oʻahu

December 16, 2021, 8:59 AM HST
* Updated December 16, 7:20 PM
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A 20-year-old Kamuela male skateboarder who suffered severe injuries following a single-vehicle collision near the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway and Puanuanu Place in Kamuela on Wednesday, Dec. 15 has been transported to Queen’s Medical Center on Oʻahu.

Denise Laitinen, spokeswoman for the Hawaiʻi Police Department, said Thursday evening that the victim in the ICU ward and in critical condition.

Responding to an 8:16 p.m. call, police determined that a red 1988 Nissan Hardbody pickup truck was heading west on Māmalahoa Highway when it struck the skateboarder who was riding in the westbound lane of traffic. The rider was then ejected off of the skateboard. The man was transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Nissan pickup, a 31-year-old Kamuela man, was not injured in the crash. 

Police do not believe that speed or impairment are factors in the collision.

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The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a major traffic investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Adam Roberg at 808-326-4646 ext. 229 or email at [email protected]. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300. 

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