Update: Hawai‘i Police identify pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Kona as 73-year-old man from California
Updated at 5:04 p.m. on Feb. 16: A 73-year-old California man suffered critical injuries following a single-vehicle collision this morning at the intersection of Henry Street and Hale Kapili Street in North Kona, and one person was taken into custody.
The man has not been positively identified.
Responding to a 11:31 a.m. call, police determined that a green 2022 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck was turning left onto Henry Street when it struck the 73-year-old man who was crossing Henry Street in a marked crosswalk. The pedestrian was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.
The driver of the 2022 Dodge Ram pickup truck, 39-year-old Graham Allen Racine of Kailua-Kona, fled the scene after striking the pedestrian, however later turned himself in at the Kealakehe Police Station. Racine was arrested for:
first-degree negligent injury, failure to render aid, accident involving substantial bodily injury and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.
Racine remains in custody at the Kealakehe Police Station while the investigation is continuing.
Police believe that speed and impairment are possible factors in the collision.
The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a traffic crash 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.
This story was updated at 2:51 p.m. on Feb. 16: Henry and Hale Kapili Streets by Lowe’s in Kailua-Kona is now open.
This story was updated at 1:48 p.m. on Feb. 16: Hawai‘i Police officials confirm a suspect has been apprehended in connection to a male struck by a vehicle this morning. Officers remain on scene and more information will be provided as it becomes available.
Original post: Henry and Hale Kapili Streets by Lowe’s in Kailua-Kona are closed for the next 2-3 hours after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle this morning.
Hawai‘i Fire Department responded to the scene at approximately 11:36 a.m. on a report of a pedestrian versus vehicle collision. One male was transported to Kona Community Hospital. His condition was unknown.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area of the crash at this time.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.