KAUMAKANI — A pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle, then struck again by the police officer responding to the accident, died Saturday night.
Police dispatch received a call at 9:33 p.m. Saturday reporting that an eastbound sedan struck a pedestrian on Kaumualii Highway just east of the Kaumakani Post Office. A Kauai Police Department officer traveling eastbound apparently struck the victim a second time while responding to the incident, according to a county release.
The victim was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries from the incident were reported.
The victim’s identity has not been confirmed.
KPD closed Kaumualii Highway at 9:45 p.m. for approximately five hours to investigate the incident.
The highway was re-opened at about 4 a.m. following the on-scene investigation.
The officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, in accordance with departmental protocol, states the release.
An autopsy on the victim has been scheduled for today.