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Bicyclist Killed in Hit & Run Crash, Suspect Caught

Capt. Evan Ching Capt. Evan Ching

By Minna Sugimoto

KANEOHE (KHNL) - A bicyclist is dead, after a hit-and-run crash in Kaneohe Tuesday.

Police caught the driver a few blocks away. They opened a negligent homicide and failure to render aid investigation.

A mangled bicycle lays on its side. The rider's helmet and shoes sit next to it.

Carol Yamasaki was in her home making sandwiches, and says she looked outside after a loud noise startled her.

"I just said, 'Oh no.' You know, I said, 'Somebody got hit, yeah,'" Yamasaki said. "And I just, I was shocked."

Investigators say a car was heading north on Kamehameha Highway, when it veered off the road and rear-ended the bike.

"Witnesses reported that the accident occurred on the sidewalk area," Capt. Evan Ching, Honolulu Police Department, said. "So the vehicle was on the sidewalk."

Police say the driver of the car, 85-year-old William Alo, left the critically-wounded bicyclist behind.

"People were all running from all over giving aid. I thought he came out to help," Yamasaki said. "But I didn't know he got away."

The victim, a man in his 60s, later dies from his injuries.

Officers with the Kaneohe Crime Reduction Unit catch the suspect nearby.

"They happened to be in the area," Ching said. "And so they responded, and they followed the vehicle within blocks from this area."

For Yamasaki, the sight of the bicyclist flying through the air is etched in her mind.

"I saw the shoes flying off also," she said. "This is the first time I saw somebody get hit like that."

People who live near the intersection say they see fenders benders.

"But nothing this bad?" this reporter asked.

"Nope, nothing this bad like today," Yamasaki replied.

Investigators are still trying to determine if speed or alcohol contributed to the crash.

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