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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:12 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Pedestrian dies near Wheeler

A 31-year-old man was killed last night when he was hit by a car heading north on Kamehameha Highway, near Wheeler Army Airfield.

Police said it was unclear whether the man, who was not in a marked crosswalk, was walking, sitting or lying in the roadway when he was hit.

The accident happened at 9:39 p.m., police said, about two-tenths of a mile north of Leilehua Golf Course Road. The man was declared dead at the scene.

The roadway was unlit, said police, who added they don't think speed, alcohol or drug use were factors in the case.

Information sought on crash

Big Island police are seeking help in determining the cause of an accident that occurred about 3:50 a.m. Saturday on Pahoa-Kea'au Road.

Police said a green 1995 Chevrolet Blazer ran off the road near the 3-mile marker, struck a telephone pole, overturned and caught fire. One of the occupants, Shawna Thompson of Pahoa, was pinned underneath.

Thompson, 23, and the other occupant, 27-year-old Vincenso Gilbert, also of Pahoa, were taken to the Hilo Medical Center and later flown to The Queen's Medical Center. The hospital reported today that Thompson remains in guarded condition, and Gilbert's condition is listed as fair.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Officer John Weber of the Puna Patrol, (808) 966-5835.

Fire destroys Pahoa home

A two-bedroom home in Pahoa was destroyed yesterday when, according to the homeowner, an unattended stove caused a fire.

Firefighters were summoned by a 12:09 p.m. alarm to Silversword Court in the Tiki Gardens subdivision. By the time the first unit arrived at 12:23 p.m., the structure had collapsed and was engulfed in flames, fire officials said.

Officials set the losses at about $110,000.