Police searching for driver who crashed into utility pole, then fled from a big mess

Bystander nearly electrocuted after hit and run driver severs utility pole in Kalihi

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are looking for the driver of a van that caused chaos in Kalihi on Friday morning.

Witnesses say everyone in the van fled the scene on Kalihi Street, where a utility pole was severed and a bystander nearly electrocuted.

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Kalihi Street remains closed in the area between Makuahine and Elua streets.

Witnesses said the car that struck the utility pole about 10 a.m. Friday appeared to be speeding before the crash.

A bystander was rushed to the hospital after being shocked when the utility poles fell, sending power lines onto the street. Witnesses say he was trying to get some children out of harm’s way when it happened.

The incident happened about 10 a.m. As many as six people were inside the vehicle ― five young men and a young woman, who appeared to be hurt.

“They tried to shake her up. And get got up,” said witness Erwin Gabrillo. “They walked slowly.”

Gabrillo says it wasn’t long before everyone inside the van started to scatter.

Witnesses say video from the scene shows two of the van’s occupants walking towards Kalihi Valley ― and the young woman running to catch them.

They were gone before police showed up.

The man who was shocked by the wires was alert after the crash, but witnesses said he was complaining of numbness.

The crash also cut power to the neighborhood for hours, forcing several businesses to close.

This story will be updated.

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