Driver sought in fatal hit and run


A hit-and-run driver killed a 71-year-old Kealakekua man Thursday on Hawaii Belt Road (Highway 11) at Hokukano Road in Kealakekua.

Traffic investigators have identified the pedestrian who died as Francisco Asuncion of Kealakekua.

Police are looking for a dark colored Nissan sedan, which should have damages to the front bumper, hood, and possibly the windshield, in connection with the death. The specific model of the vehicle, and whether it’s a two-door or four-door, are unknown, police said.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated cases involving potential charges of negligent homicide and accident involving death or serious bodily injury.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, ext. 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 doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

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