Pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Waimea parking lot

A 53-year-old Waimea man died following a single vehicle collision on Friday in the parking lot of the Parker Ranch Shopping Center located in Kamuela.

The 53-year old male has been identified as Clinton Leimamo Pawai.

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Responding to a 7:24 p.m. call, police determined that a 34-year-old male from Waimea was operating a white 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck when he struck Pawai, who was not in a marked crosswalk. Pawai was transported to the North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment. He was later pronounced dead at 12:32 a.m. Saturday.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma was not injured in the collision, but was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was later released pending further investigation.

Police believe that alcohol is a factor in the collision.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, ext. 229.

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Because the collision did not occur on a public roadway, it is not counted as a fatality for statistical purposes.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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