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Witnesses sought in critical pedestrian accident on Big Isle

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    Police are seeking witnesses to the collision that occurred at the intersection of Highway 19 and Kaakepa Street Tuesday afternoon in Pepeekeo.

A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was struck by a vehicle while walking in a marked crosswalk in Pepeekeo.

Police are seeking witnesses to the collision that occurred at the intersection of Highway 19 (Hawaii Belt Road) and Kaakepa Street Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly before 3 p.m., police said a gray 1995 Chevy Lumina driven by an 82-year-old Pepeeko man was traveling north on the highway when the vehicle struck the child.

The boy, also of Pepeeko, was crossing the street with a 49-year-old man. Police said the adult pedestrian was uninjured.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center and flown to Queen’s Medical Center.

Police arrested the driver on suspicion of first-degree negligent injury and driving without a license. He was released pending further investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the collision to call officer Marcos Santos at 961-2213. The public may also call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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