A Hawaii man was walking down the street when he was struck by a car, leaving him injured on the road, prompting a police officer to come to his rescue.
But the Kauai cop came screeching in, running him over, killing 19-year-old Michael Kocher Jr on the spot.
Now a family is grieving and the cop is on paid administrative leave until police conduct a lengthy investigation and forward their results to the local prosecutor’s office.
According to the Garden Island:
Kaeo Parongao said Kocher was a gifted dive instructor and the two enjoyed scuba diving together at Koloa Landing. His thoughts were with the family that he said was very nice and close.
“He was a good local boy,” Parongao said. “He was humble and not judgmental of anybody.”
Banasihan added that his niece, Rayne Banasihan, was driving a few vehicles behind the one that first struck Kocher. She stopped to render assistance and was trying to help him when he was struck again.
Kocher was walking on the roadway at around 9:35 p.m., just east of the Kaumakani Post Office, when he was struck by an eastbound Toyota Corolla, according to a county news release. A police officer responding to the scene, also heading east, then struck Kocher a second time.
Kocher had no vital signs and was presumed dead at the scene. He was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where a medical doctor formally pronounced him.
“He was alive and responsive,” Banasihan said of Kocher about the first accident.
Police have yet to release the officer’s name.