Police look for suspect in three-vehicle crash

Lt. Benjamin Mahi
Lt. Benjamin Mahi
Michael Newalu
Michael Newalu

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police are on the lookout for a man who fled the scene after he drove a stolen minivan through a red light, hitting two other vehicles.

Authorities said the incident was reported at 10:51 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Ward and Lunalilo Street. According to police, patrol units were pursuing a 2001 Dodge Caravan on Lunalilo Street that had been reported stolen from Windward Mall a few hours before. Officers were trying to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, which ran the red light at Ward Avenue.

"Subsequently there was a collision with two cars. And at that time, the driver alighted from the vehicle and fled the area," said Honolulu police Lt. Benjamin Mahi.

Michael Newalu was also on Lunalilo Street, driving home with his girlfriend. "(I) see the blue lights behind in the rear view mirror, so we're trying to edge over," he said. "I'm in the middle lane trying to edge over to the side, but before I even complete the maneuver, just this blur goes by. The cops follow him in pursuit, but when the guy goes through the intersection, he manages to get clipped by this dark Chevy truck."

The pickup truck was northbound on Ward. It's 49-year-old male driver was unhurt. The stolen minivan then hit a white Honda that was southbound. The 53-year-old male driver of the Honda was not injured, but a 39-year-old female passenger was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in good condition.

Investigators and witnesses said the stolen vehicle was speeding. "If I had to, I'd say probably in the 45 to 50 mile per hour region," said Newalu. "I mean, he was going pretty fast."

Police said the man managed to get out of the minivan and fled on foot, disappearing into the surrounding neighborhood, a tangle of apartment buildings, parking structures and tightly packed homes. Officers and dogs from HPD's Specialized Services Division searched the area, but were unable to find a suspect.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police or CrimeStoppers.

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