Police search for suspect behind deadly hit-and-run in Kunia

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Honolulu police have released more information in the search for the driver behind a deadly hit-and-run early Tuesday morning in Kunia. 

The crash happened around 12:15 a.m. on Kunia Road.

Police say a man was walking along the shoulder of the road when he was hit about 1.6 miles north of Anonui Street. The vehicle fled the scene.

The man was discovered by a passing driver, and Emergency Medical Services pronounced him dead at the scene.

He was identified by the Honolulu medical examiner as Meechok Chanphut, 49, of Kunia.

Investigators found vehicle debris near the crash scene, and were able to determine that it belonged to a Ford vehicle, either a 1997 Ford Expedition or a 1997 Ford F150 or F250 truck.

“We’re asking for the community’s help in the event that they see an F150, F250 or an Expedition missing a passenger-side headlight or a passenger-side side mirror housing to go ahead and call us,” said Sgt. Chris Kim of CrimeStoppers.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or submit an anonymous tip online here.

CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.

This is the 33rd traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 22 at the same time last year.

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