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'His left side...all bones are broken.' North Shore man hospitalized after hit-and-run accident

LAIE (KHON2) - A man is fighting for his life after being rushed to the hospital in critical condition. 

Police say the man was riding his moped on the North Shore Tuesday morning when he was hit from behind.  The driver then fled the scene. 

Fiti Fonoti, 63, has been in surgery at Queen's Medical Center for the past two days. 

"He has multiple broken bones, broken hips, one collapsed lung. He has a breathing tube. His whole left side of his body- all the bones are broken," said his wife, Kim Fonoti. 

His family is grief-stricken but are hoping for the best. 

Police found Fonoti alone, injured along Kamehameha Highway in Laie early Tuesday morning. 

"It's really hard for me to see him like this," said Fonoti. 

Based on debris left at the scene, investigators believe the vehicle involved is a 2012 to 2016 Toyota Tacoma, magnetic gray in color. It is believed to have damages to the front bumper area as well as the front driver's side fender area.

Fonoti is one of several recent accidents involving pedestrians on Oahu, something Honolulu city council woman Ann Kobayashi won't stand for. 

"We've got to do something! We have to prevent a lot of these accidents from happening. It's not just the fatalities. Those who get seriously injured, it's such a hardship on the families," said Kobayashi.  

She wants to bring a traffic safety project, found in cities worldwide, to Honolulu. 

Called "Vision Zero," Kobayashi says it places emphasis on strict traffic enforcement, while fine-tuning the city's traffic signals and crosswalks to make it as safe as it can be. 

"We should have a pedestrian coordinator who goes around making sure that not only drivers follow the law but pedestrians are also aware when they cross that they're careful.

Kobayashi drafted the resolution, and says she is awaiting Mayor Kirk Caldwell to adopt it. 

"Everyone needs to be made aware of how we can work together to have a safe city," said Kobayashi. 

Meanwhile, Fonoti  is currently awaiting information from police. 

"People just need to slow down and be aware when you're driving on the road. You have people's lives in your hands," said Fonoti. 

Family and friends have created a GoFundMe account to help the Fonoti family with medical expenses. 

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at #808-955-8300.
 


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