KA’U, HI – Hawai‘i Island police are trying to track down the driver involved in a hit-and-run incident in Ka’u Sunday morning that killed a pedestrian.
Police released details of the incident that took place on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), near the intersection of Kaalualu Road in Na‘alehu shortly before 4 a.m.
An investigation indicated that an unknown vehicle, possibly a pickup truck or SUV-type vehicle, struck a pedestrian who may have been in the middle of the northbound (Kona) lane. The victim, identified as 25-year-old Kevin Adonay Catellanos-Rodriguez of Kealakekua, died after being taken to the Kona Community Hospital.
The driver who struck the pedestrian fled the area in an unknown direction and is now being sought. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash was asked to contact the Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit.
Police noted that failure to render aid when a person is injured or 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.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may have the right to take legal action. Our Hawaii pedestrian accident attorneys at Recovery Law Center can meet with you to discuss your rights and how we can fight for maximum compensation in your claim. Give us a call at (808) 427-3088 or visit our contact page to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.