Pedestrian killed in Big Island crash

Pedestrian killed in Big Island crash

WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police are trying to determine the identity of a man killed early Sunday when a pick-up truck veered across the roadway in Waimea and hit him as he was walking along the shoulder.

Police believe alcohol and speed are factors in the crash.

The crash happened about 1:13 a.m., when a 2010 Nissan Frontier pick-up traveling west on Kawaihae Road veered across the roadway and hit the man, who had been walking eastbound in the shoulder.

The unidentified man was taken to Kona Community Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 6:20 a.m.

The driver of the truck, 27-year-old BertJim Badua of Kapaau, was arrested for first-degree negligent homicide and released pending investigation.

This is the first traffic fatality on Hawaii Island this year, compared to one at the same time last year.

Big Island police are asking for tips on the crash. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229. Tipsters who want to remain can call Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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