KAUMAKANI, Hawaii (PIX11) — A police officer responding to the scene of a car crash struck the victim a second time.
Michael Kocher, 19, was walking along Kaumuali’i Highway in Kaumakani Saturday night when he was struck by a Toyota Corolla, KHON2 reported.
An officer who was responding to the crash then struck the 19-year-old a second time. Kocher was presumed dead at the scene, but taken to Wilcox Hospital, where a doctor formally pronounced him dead.
A makeshift memorial was placed at the site of the crash, where mourners gathered and reminisced about the teen.
“He was our boy,” Hazzard McDougall, a friend of Kocher, told The Garden Island. “He will live forever in our hearts.”
The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week and the officer was placed on administrative leave, Star Advertiser reported.