A 71-year-old Kealakekua man died Thursday from injuries after Big Island police say he was hit by a vehicle on the Hawaii Belt Road and Hokukano Road in Kealakekua.
Police identified the victim as Francisco Asuncion of Kealakekua.
Responding to a 1:32 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the pedestrian was walking in a northerly direction on the mauka shoulder of the highway when an unknown vehicle struck him.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.
The pedestrian was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:54 a.m.
Police are looking for a dark-colored Nissan sedan with damage to the front bumper, hood and possibly the windshield.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide and accident involving death or serious bodily injury cases.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
This is the ninth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to five at the same time last year.