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Police looking for hit-and-run driver in Kalihi bicycle crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 05:11 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2011



Honolulu police are looking for a light-colored Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck and the truck's driver in connection with a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a bicyclist in Kalihi last night.

Police said a 20-year-old Kalihi man was riding his bicycle in the center Ewa-bound lane of Dillingham Boulevard just before Kalihi Street when he was hit from behind by the truck at about 11 p.m.

The driver turned right on Kalihi Street and fled mauka, witnesses told police.

The bicyclist was reported in critical condition at the hospital. 

Police said he was not wearing a helmet and the bicycle did not have lights or reflectors.







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honopic wrote:
There is no excuse for a hit-and-run, but riding a bicycle at night without lights, reflectors or a helmet is a crash waiting to happen. My guess is the cyclist was wearing dark clothes as well, and the driver didn't see him until it was too late. Most of the bike-riders I see at night have no lights, no helmets and wear dark clothing. Some have reflectors but are not visible until a car's headlights hit them. By then, they are already in danger. Front, rear and side reflectors and a headlight or strobe light are mimimum safety precautions for night cycling. Riding without a helmet is like playing Russian roulette.
on August 25,2011 | 08:10AM
buck808 wrote:
Riding a bike on Dillingham at night with no lights, no reflectors, no helmet, center of the road? Was this guy on drugs or just trying to commit suicide?
on August 25,2011 | 08:17AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
There's been so many hit and run incidents in Hawaii. What's with people that they won't stop when they hit someone with their vehicles? Probably brought up with no concept of right and wrong.
on August 25,2011 | 09:55AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Many people are trusting of the Ohana in Hawaii, which is why these accidents occur. Hit and Run means criminal activity. When this driver is caught, this driver needs to serve jail time. In any case, Dillingham Boulevard is a 35 MPH zone, which is kind of fast for cars, so bicyclists need to keep off those roads. Some vehicles go up to 50 MPH in those types of speed limit roads. Especially at night, when no cars are on the roads, there is no excuse for going over the speed limit. You travel 35 miles in an hour's time, I think that is fast enough. In heavy traffic you might average 25 MPH on Dillingham, so speeding is no excuse at 11:00 PM. Maybe you were drinking, right, truck driver?
on August 25,2011 | 12:06PM
kusogigi wrote:
When I grew up you feared getting caught for a hit-and-run situation. Today these guys take their chances and run even if they kill somebody because they know they have a chance of receiving minimum punishment if they ever get caught or turn themselves in later. If they're drunk when they hit someone, moreso they'll run and perhaps turn themselves in later when alcohol or drugs have worn off. I think the law has to be more tough on these guys when they're caught. Right now many of them get off with probation and license suspension.
on August 25,2011 | 01:39PM
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