Search for driver in deadly North Shore hit-and-run continues as friends remember victim

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist on Oahu’s North Shore on Tuesday morning.

And the driver responsible for the crash is still on the run hours later.

It happened around 5:15 a.m. along Kamehameha Highway near Sunset Beach.

Honolulu police said a vehicle was heading in the northeast direction when it crashed into a 42-year-old man riding a bicycle in the shoulder lane.

Friends and family have identified the victim as Lucan Hanohano. They remember him as a man who loved to fish, and cared about his neighbors.

“He was very quiet but he respected all the elders of this community,” friend Butch Shepherd said.

Shepherd remembered their time fishing together, and sharing their catch with others.

“We’d go and give the fish to the older people in the neighborhood. That’s what we did,” he said. “All I can say is he was a pretty decent man.”

The vehicle in the crash fled the scene without rendering aid. Hanohano was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s unclear if speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, but Shepherd said people need to practice more caution in the area.

“We have this beautiful bike path that everybody loves, but you come out of the bushes and somebody bangs you and you’re just trying to get to the bike path so you can ride down to the beach or down to the store and you end up dead. It’s really sad,” he said.

A portion of Kamehameha Highway was shut down in the area, but lanes have since been reopened.

Anyone with information on the crash is urged to contact Honolulu CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

This story will be updated.

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