A 65-year-old SUV driver who police said fled the scene of a minor car accident last week in the Waipio Acres area and was then killed when he struck a parked vehicle about two miles away has been identified as Jimmie Dorsey Jr. of Mililani, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.
Police said when Dorsey slammed into a road construction truck parked along Kamehameha Highway, a worker seated in the truck’s flatbed suffered severe leg injuries and was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
The GP Roadway Solutions worker, a man in his 30s, is currently “undergoing treatment to improve his condition,” said HPD spokeswoman Sarah Yoro.
Shortly before the fatal crash on Thursday afternoon, police said Dorsey’s sport utility vehicle had rear-ended a pickup truck on the highway near Higgins Road in the Waipio Acres area. Both vehicles initially pulled to the side of the road, but Dorsey then fled the scene in the sports utility vehicle.
The pickup truck driver and another driver who witnessed the crash followed Dorsey, later reporting to police that the SUV was traveling at about 70 mph in an area with a 35 mph speed limit, police said.
Dorsey, who was not wearing a seatbelt, drove into a coned area at the highway’s intersection of Waikalani Drive and struck the parked GP Roadway Solutions truck, where the worker’s legs may have been dangling off the back of the flatbed, according to police.
Dorsey died at the scene. There were no passengers in the SUV.
According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of death was blunt force injuries of the torso and the manner of death was accidential.
Police say all other factors, including why Dorsey fled the scene of the first accident, remain under investigation.