An unidentified male pedestrian died from injuries sustained in a hit and run vehicle crash on Tuesday morning.
According to Hawai`i Police Department officials the incident took place on Highway 11, north of Makalika Street.
The identification of the victim is still pending.
Responding to a 1:50 a.m. call, police determined that a male pedestrian was struck by an unknown vehicle within the middle of the Hilo-bound lanes of Highway 11, just North of Makalika Street. The responsible vehicle fled the scene.
The male party was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center at 4:51 a.m.
Police believe speed and/or inattention may have been factors in the crash.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident or have information leading to the identity of the responsible person to contact Officer Blayne Matsui at (808) 961-2329. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo.
This is the fifth traffic fatality this year compared to seven at this time last year.