HONOLULU (KHON2) — One man is dead after a hit and run in Keaau led police into a traffic investigation.

On Friday, Nov. 4 around 8:34 p.m., Puna Patrol responded to a report of someone laying on the ground on Highway 11.

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Hilo-bound lanes on Highway 11 between Old Volcano Road and Highway 139 in Keaau were closed due to the traffic investigation.

Officers determined the individual was unresponsive and had deformities to the lower part of their body.

The victim was transported to Hilo Medical Center and was pronounced dead around 11:07 p.m.

Police later confirmed that an unknown vehicle on Highway 11 traveling Hilo bound hit a pedestrian that was pushing a shopping cart near the right shoulder and number two lane of the highway.

Police said that the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing, the road was wet and the area was not well-lit.

While police were conducting the investigation they received a call from a 60-year-old man from Mountain View stating that he was possibly the person that hit the pedestrian with a 2003 Honda Pilot sport-utility vehicle.

The car had damage to the front end which police stated would be the type of damage that would occur if hit a pedestrian.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of:

– second-degree negligent homicide
– accidents involving death or serious bodily injury
– duty to give information or render aid

He was later released pending investigation, according to police.

If you have any information you can contact Officer Jerome Duarte at (808) 961-2339 or via email at Jerome.Duarte@HawaiiCounty.gov.

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