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Kauai police looking for drivers involved in hit-and-run

Kauai police are asking for the public’s help in finding the hit-and-run driver or drivers who killed a 24-year-old Eleele man who was walking on the night of Sept. 30 at Halewili Road in Kalaheo.

Florentino Maipi, who was walking eastbound on Halewili Road, was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by a Kalaheo man, in the area of the concrete Wahiawa Bridge between the west junction of Halewili Road and Kaumualii Highway, and Kauai Coffee Company.

The suspect was not at the scene when police arrived and was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury or death, police said. He was released pending further investigation.

“Although the driver of the vehicle that first struck Maipi has been tentatively identified, we believe there could be at least two other vehicles that may have inadvertently struck the decedent after the initial impact,” said acting Assistant Chief Paul Applegate of the Kauai Police Department.

Police are asking anyone traveling on Halewili Road between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sept. 30 who may have seen or heard anything, no matter how insignificant, to report it to police.

KPD Traffic Safety Section is 241-1617 or CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.

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