Police Investigating Kona Traffic Incident

At approximately 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, Hawai`i Police Department Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle traffic casualty involving a motor vehicle and a moped.

HPD officials say the incident occurred on Kuakini Highway near the Old Airport recreation area. 

Witnesses reported that the responsible vehicle, a silver Acura 4-door sedan, had struck a moped and it’s two occupants. After striking the moped, the driver of the vehicle, identified as 29-year-old Keola Kama of Kailua-Kona, then exited her vehicle and attempted to chase after the moped passenger before fleeing the scene. 

Upon arrival, officers located the moped occupants, a male and female party, with serious injuries.  After receiving information on the responsible vehicle, officers were able to locate it and Kama a short time later. 

Both injured parties were taken to Kona Community Hospital for further treatment and later transported to Queen’s Medical Center. 

Kama was arrested on the count Attempted Murder as detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section, and Traffic Enforcement Unit continue the investigation.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective David Matsushima at (808) 326-4646 ext. 224 or david.matsushima@hawaiicounty.gov.        

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