Police seek info on apparent hit-and-run crash in Kona

Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s help in piecing together a traffic incident that left a moped driver critically injured early Sunday on Kuakini Highway, south of Sea View Circle, in Kailua-Kona.

Around 3:04 a.m. officers received a report of a blue Kymco moped lying on the ground within the south bound shoulder lane of Kuakini Highway. Arriving officers located a man lying on the ground within the south bound shoulder lane a short distance from the moped.


The man, later identified as 61-year-old Robert Tinao of Kailua-Kona, was the apparent operator of the moped, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Tinao was taken to the Kona Community Hospital and later transported to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for further treatment of his injuries, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

After reviewing the scene and evidence, officers believe that the moped was rear-ended by another vehicle causing Tinao to be ejected from the moped.

Anyone who may have witnessed the traffic incident or has information about it should contact Officer Andrew Walters at (808) 326-4646, ext. 253, or via email Andrew.Walters@HawaiiCounty.gov. They may also call the department’s nonemergency phone number at (808) 935-3311. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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