Update: Toddler killed in Moiliili car crash identified

2-year-old hit by vehicle leaving driveway

Published  1:33 PM HST Aug 28, 2013
HONOLULU -

An unusual accident claimed the life of a 2-year-old Moiliili boy Wednesday morning. He died after being hit by a car.

He wasn't in the road, instead he was struck while on the sidewalk in front of his home.

The morning rush hour has many parents taking their kids to school. According to police, that is where the driver of a Toyota SUV was headed.

"A 37-year-old female was taking her daughter to school. She was backing out of her driveway, and when she pulled forward, she did not see the 2-year-old on the sidewalk. She then ran the 2-year-old over," said Lt. Bobby Towne, with the Honolulu Police Traffic Division.

According to family members, who live across the little lane, the 2-year-old was Filimone Asi. His family from Tonga, the young boy lived with his older brother and three older sisters. His siblings were in school this morning.

Numerous neighbors were upset over the boy's death but said Asi and other kids routinely play in the middle of the dead-end street, so they're used to cars stopping for them.

"It's very unfortunate, but they let their children run in the street unattended," said neighbor Chan Pham.

Pham, who is related to the driver of the SUV, said the driver is very upset about the accident and the death of the little boy.

"She had a breakdown. She felt it was under her control, so she is very emotional about it," said Pham.

"The driver is shook up. At this point there are no signs of alcohol use, but it may be a question of visibility and inattention on her part," added Towne.

Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation.Officers are now looking into why the woman did not see Asi on the sidewalk and will determine if there was any recklessness on her part.

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