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Vehicle crashes into mo-ped, leaves rider with severe head injuries

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Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a mo-ped in Kona on Sunday (July 17).

Around 8:05 p.m. Sunday, Kona Patrol officers responded to a reported vehicle/mo-ped accident at the intersection of Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway. A witness said the vehicle was traveling south on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and preparing to turn left onto Kealakehe Parkway when it struck the mo-ped in the intersection and then continued its left turn onto Kealakehe Parkway without stopping.

The operator of the mo-ped sustained severe head injuries and was taken to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he is listed in critical condition.

The vehicle is described as possibly a dark-colored pickup truck or sports-utility vehicle. It was last seen heading east on Kealakehe Parkway. It should have some front-end damage and may have a broken or cracked windshield.

Police ask that anyone with information about the vehicle or its operator call Officer Josiah Coe at 326-4646, extension 254, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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.

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