Police / Fire


POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2008

Hit-and-run drivers cause injuries


;[Preview]  Several Accidents Plague Pali Highway Drivers

  Traffic to and from the Windward side was a big headache for drivers because of several accidents on the Pali Highway. 


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  Police were searching yesterday for a hit-and-run driver who seriously injured a 44-year-old bicyclist Saturday night in Waianae.

It was the second hit-and-run injury of the weekend.

According to police, the car was headed south on Plantation Road when it collided with a man on his bicycle at about 11:55 p.m. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition with facial fractures.

There were no witnesses, police said, and the driver and vehicle remain unknown.

In another hit-and-run case several hours earlier, police arrested a 43-year-old Kaneohe woman for allegedly driving drunk and then hitting a 13-year-old boy with her car in Wahiawa.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the woman, driving a 1991 maroon Toyota van, was traveling south on Kamehameha Highway near Waikalani Drive when the teenager and two friends were crossing the street. Police said the van veered into the right shoulder lane, hitting the boy, and then left the scene.

The teenager was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition with a broken right leg but has since improved to good condition.

Not long after, at 7:36 p.m., the woman and her van were located near Kamehameha Shopping Center in Kalihi and she was arrested for alleged drunken driving. Police are investigating the case, which could bring a charge of failure to render aid.



Pali Highway crash flips couple's car

A couple was in stable condition yesterday after their vehicle overturned on the Pali Highway, said Honolulu Emergency Services Spokesman Bryan Cheplic.

The accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. at the hairpin curve past the tunnels in the Kailua-bound lanes, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Earle Kealoha.

Paramedics and firefighters helped the male driver and a woman, both in their 50s, out of the car, Kealoha said. A woman in her 20s driving another car involved in the accident declined treatment, Kealoha said.


Ex-beau allegedly rams rival's vehicle

Police are looking for a 36-year-old man who allegedly crashed his car in Waimanalo at the end of a car chase Saturday morning that began when he saw his ex-girlfriend with her new boyfriend.

At about 7:40 a.m., police said, the ex-boyfriend allegedly started following the new boyfriend's car and attempted to force it off the road while shouting threats at the woman, 24. The chase continued into Enchanted Lake, where he allegedly rammed his car into the current boyfriend's car.

The ex-boyfriend fled the scene, but the couple gave his name to police. The couple was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released.


Burglary suspect breaks leg in flight

A 20-year-old woman broke her leg Friday after she jumped from a bedroom window of an Aiea house she allegedly burglarized.

Police said an Aiea man returned home at about 10 a.m. and found a white two-door car parked in his garage. He then spotted a man running from his house with his wife's handbag.

The resident then saw a woman, who was holding another bag, jump from a bedroom window. Police said the woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary.



Heart attack, not accident, kills man

The 75-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer truck died of a heart attack and not from injuries received in a crash Tuesday in Kona, Big Island police said, citing an autopsy report.

Takeo Nagamine of Holualoa was driving a tractor-trailer truck on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kona, when the vehicle ran off the road and overturned at about 11:30 a.m.

Nagamine was thrown from the vehicle and was taken to Kona Community, where he died about an hour later.