HANAMAULU, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run on Kauai earlier this month that left a 12-year-old critically injured.
Virgil Caday, of Hanama'ulu, was arrested for first-degree negligent Injury, accidents involving serious bodily injury, inattention to driving, tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a witness.
In the wake of the arrest, Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry thanked the community for its patience as officers sought leads.
"Our officers worked diligently in order to secure an arrest for this tragic incident," he said. "Our thoughts remain with the victim and her family during this difficult time."
Arayza Sabay was critically injured on Jan. 11 while walking to the bus stop near her home about 7 a.m.
She was airlifted to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu for further treatment.
On Tuesday, Arayza celebrated her 13th birthday in the hospital, thankful to be alive. She still has a broken jaw, fractured skull, and brain damage.
"When I saw my daughter, she's bleeding in the ear and the nose and the mouth and she's unconscious. I can't imagine what I'm feeling. It's like I'm melting," said her mother, Majane.
Arayza's father said he can forgive whoever harmed his daughter and ran away. But he still wants justice.
"I understand that accidents happen. …I understand that. But you left your victim. Not acceptable," Raymundo said.
By the time officers arrived, the driver who had struck the girl had fled the scene.
Kauai police said the investigation was particularly difficult because there were no witnesses.
"We spent many hours and several days canvassing the neighborhood, speaking to pretty much every resident in that neighborhood, some of them had surveillance video, were able to cover that. Between the canvassing, talking to the people and reviewing videos, we were able to locate our suspect," Kauai Sgt. Jason Overmyer.
Caday was released pending further investigation.
Sabay remains in critical condition at Queen's. If you want to help her family out with medical expenses, click here.