6-year-old bicyclist critically injured in North Shore hit-and-run

6-year-old bicyclist critically injured in North Shore hit-and-run

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are investigating a hit-and-run in Laie on Friday night that sent a 6-year-old girl to the hospital in critical condition.

The incident happened about 6:20 p.m., when Olivia Numanga was riding her bicycle outside her home on Puuahi Street.

“A car hit her and continued on, and there was another car that came through that my wife managed to stop, and they cooperated in the investigation with police,” said the victim’s father, William Numanga.

Police said a white cross-over vehicle struck her, stopped for a moment and then fled the scene without rendering aid.

The vehicle was last seen traveling west on Puuahi Street and turned right onto Iosepa Street.

Olivia was taken to Kahuku Medical Center in critical condition and then transferred to Kapiolani Medical Center.

Police said she was not wearing a helmet.

She had surgery on Saturday morning for a broken thigh bone, according to her family.

“She had a head trauma as well with a skull fracture with a little bit of bleeding. The neurologist is not too concerned about that,” said her father. “She has been stabilized. Her surgery went well this morning. She was sedated throughout the night and throughout this morning, so she’s coming out of that state now to breathing on her own, waking up.”

The experience has been traumatic, especially for Olivia’s three sisters.

Family members are grateful for the outpouring of community support.

“She’s the life of our family and so to see her go through this, it’s heartbreaking for us, but we’re hopeful,” said her father.

They’re sharing their story in the hopes that all drivers will be more cautious.

“We hold no animosity towards the driver, wherever he or she is. Our concern now is for our daughter to make sure she makes a full recovery,” said William Numanga.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the HPD Traffic Division at 723-3413.

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