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Bicyclist Killed in Hit and Run Incident

WAIANAE (KHNL) -- A bicyclist is killed on Oahu's Leeward coast. The vehicle that hits him leaves the scene. Now, police are looking for witnesses who can help fill in the rest.

A bicycle, on the side of the roadway. Its rider, dead in a ditch nearby. Sadly, for people who live along this stretch of Farrington Highway, the tragedy comes as no surprise.

"When I found out about it, I said, well, it happens all the time. That's the attitude I have," Gary Cera, Waianae resident, said. "Something needs to be done about it."

A 44-year-old man was riding this bicycle on the west-bound shoulder of the highway near Akowai Road. Investigators say that's when a truck swerved onto the shoulder and plowed into him. The driver of the pick-up continued on.

"The bike rider was pronounced dead at the scene," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said. "We arrested a 20-year-old female."

Officers arrested Sheila Atuatasi at her home in Waianae.

Police believe speed may have been a factor in this case, but say alcohol was not. Officers arrested Atuatasi on suspicion of failure to render aid, then released her pending further investigation.

Police are looking for witnesses who can describe the driver's actions before and after the collision. This is the 42nd traffic death this year, compared to 31 at the same time last year.

"I feel for this family," Cera said. "But the thing is it's going to happen. And, like I said earlier, the people needs to be more conscious on their driving."

If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

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