AINA HAINA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 46-year-old Kapahulu man was seriously hurt Saturday when his bicycle was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. And his fiancee is hoping that the driver will come forward.
According to Honolulu Police, the bicyclist was struck at about noon in the westbound bike lane along Kalanianaole Highway near the intersection with Nenue Street and the Aina Haina Shopping Center.
The man was identified as Shannon Gripper, who is a landlord specialist with the city's Section 8 Rental Assistance Payments Program. Gripper's fiancee, Kelsey Dorogi, said he was headed from Hawaii Kai to Waikiki when the crash happened.
Dorogi also said there were two witnesses to the crash. "The witnesses stopped (and) helped Shannon," she said. "But it appeared that the vehicle that hit him, which was a gray sedan, was going to stop, but he stopped and then sped off."
Dorogi said the witnesses may have been taken by surprise that the vehicle didn't stop, and weren't able to get a license plate number or a fuller description of the vehicle.
Gripper's bike wasn't heavily damaged, but he sustained major injuries, which could have been worse if he hadn't been wearing a helmet.
"The extent to head injuries is to the entire left side of his face because he hit the ground with his left side," said Dorogi. "There's some jaw issues."
Gripper had facial surgery Sunday, and has more surgery ahead for his elbow and wrist, but is expected to recover.
Many bikers use the bike lane along Kalanianaole Highway where the crash occurred, with many recreational bicyclists on weekends.
"I cringe every time he goes out, but I always wish him well, that he comes back and everybody else who just loves to cycle or do any other sports that involve a level of danger," said Dorogi.
Meantime, police are still looking for the gray sedan that hit Gripper's bike.
"I just hope that whoever had this incident with him would maybe come forward and make it right because that's what Shannon would do," said Dorogi.