HANAMAULU — Police are continuing to investigate an apparent hit-and-run crash that occurred on Jan. 11 in Hanamaulu, which resulted in critical injuries to a 12-year-old girl.
The victim remains in critical condition at Queen’s Hospital, according to officials.
After a Thursday brain surgery, bubbles were discovered in some of the victim’s arteries, according to the victim’s father, Raymondo Sabay.
“They will wait four to six weeks to do it again because it’s risky,” Sabay said. “She’s getting better, maybe tomorrow or the next day they will do the jaw surgery.”
“There is public speculation regarding the circumstances of this case, but it is important for me to remind everyone that this investigation is ongoing,” stated Kauai Police Department Chief Darryl Perry.
He continued: “While we understand the frustration relating to the limited information that has been shared so far, we are mandated by law to follow up on any and all leads in order to secure justice for the victim and her family. Every available statement and evidence must be gathered so that a thorough and objective investigation is conducted. We continue to ask the public, if you have any information on this incident or the driver involved, to call police immediately.”
At approximately 7 a.m. on Jan. 11, police received a report of a child injured along Laukona Street, just south of the Hoohana Street junction, in Hanamaulu.
According to a preliminary investigation, the child appears to have been walking along Laukona Street when she was struck by a vehicle. The involved vehicle was not at the scene when police arrived.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with any information relating to this incident, which occurred between 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, is asked to call KPD traffic investigator Shawn Hanna at 241-1618, or KPD dispatch at 241-1711.