Driver sought in hit-and-run that left teen on his way to school seriously injured

Police searching for hit-and-run driver who injured 14-year-old who was walking to school
Published: Oct. 19, 2022 at 8:11 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 19, 2022 at 5:10 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the driver of a vehicle that struck a teenager near Hawaii Baptist Academy on Wednesday morning and then fled the scene.

Authorities released a photo of the suspect’s red sedan. The driver is a female.

Police said a 14-year-old pedestrian suffered multiple injuries to the head, torso and arms in the crash. Paramedics provided advanced life saving treatment, including spinal immobilization.

He was treated and transported in serious condition.

The incident happened around 7:15 a.m. on Nuuanu Avenue.

Witnesses say the student was in a marked crosswalk at Nuuanu Avenue and Wyllie Street when he was struck.

They say the teen was thrown 10 to 15 feet up into the air, and the driver fled the scene.

“I was surprised at how immediately after he landed, he was holding his arm arm above his head. Like just to say that he was OK. But it was like a miracle how he was able to survive and not be unconscious,” said Eugene Caruso III, a senior at HBA who was being dropped off at the school when the crash happened.

The family stopped to help along with other witnesses.

They said the red car initially stopped, too, but left when people ran to help the injured boy.

“It really bothers me. You got to stop and you got to take responsibility for your actual actions. And for that person to drive off and be on the lam right now. That is tragic,” said parent Eugene Caruso, Jr.

Honolulu police say the car is possibly a Nissan Versa Note with damage from hitting the teen.

An investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who has information is asked to call 911.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.