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Police investigating vehicle crash through fence


The Hawaii Police Department is investigating a third-degree criminal property damage to a fence in The Pines subdivision in Kailua-Kona, said spokeswoman Chris Loos.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, someone reported to police hearing a loud noise and seeing a vehicle, which had crashed through a fence, leave the scene. The damage is estimated to be nearly $500, Loos said.

Bill Wessling lives in the Hualalai Elderly Housing Complex, just makai of The Pines subdivision. He heard the noise Tuesday evening and photographed the aftermath. He is concerned because this is the third major crash on Hualalai Road he’s aware of since moving into the area seven years ago. While he’s appreciative of the current investigation, Wessling thinks police could do more on this road, which he called “a back road for drunken drivers.”

Wessling doesn’t own a vehicle and travels on Hualalai Road via foot daily. He thinks Hualalai Road has become dangerous, saying he constantly sees excessive speeding and inattentive drivers on their cellphones. Wessling said he called police about this issue Friday. He hopes something is done, including more police presence and enforcement, before someone is killed or seriously injured.

Anyone with information about this crash should call the Kona Police Station at 326-4646 or the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311.