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Police and Fire

For Sunday, January 2, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff


ATV crash kills teen, injures 2

A 16-year-old girl died and a 4-year-old girl was in critical condition Thursday after an all-terrain vehicle carrying three girls crashed in North Kohala on the Big Island.

Malia Vea of Kailua-Kona was driving a Kawasaki ATV when she lost control, and the vehicle overturned and hit a pole at the intersection of Pratt and Lokahi roads at 1:18 p.m., police said.

Vea and her 11-year-old sister were taken to North Kohala Community Hospital, where Vea died at 2:11 p.m. Her sister was released with minor injuries.

Another passenger, a 4-year-old Kapaau girl, was flown to the North Hawaii Community Hospital and later to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition.

The girls were not wearing protective equipment, police said.

Police believe speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Traffic enforcement officers have initiated a coroner's inquest case and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Man sought in cash register theft

Molokai police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a cash register from the Molokai Drive-In and attempted to hide it in a lot across the street.

According to police, the man — described only as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall — reached into the drive-in's open counter window, took the register and fled to a brushy area across the street, where he attempted to hide the register under a hooded sweater and T-shirt.

Police recovered the register with cash intact but are still seeking the suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Molokai Police Station at 553-5355 or Crimestoppers at 242-6966.

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