Man dies following Līhu‘e hit-and-run incident

Published on March 28, 2024

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LĪHUʻE – A 33-year-old man has died from injuries sustained after being struck by an unknown vehicle on Kūhiō Highway in Līhu‘e on Mar. 22.

He has been identified as Matthew Ornellas of Kapa‘a.

This is Kaua‘i’s fourth traffic fatality of 2024.

The investigation remains ongoing and no arrest has been made at this time. KPD strongly encourages anyone who may have information about this incident to do the right thing and come forward.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to call Officer Henshaw at 808-241-1616. Those wishing to remain anonymous can provide information by calling Crime Stoppers Kauaʻi at 808-246-8300, submitting a tip at, or through the Crime Stoppers Kauaʻi P3 Tips Mobile App.



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