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14-month-old girl killed in crash on Kauai is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:56 p.m. HST, Feb 21, 2011

Police have identified the 14-month-old girl who died in a three-car crash in Kauai on Sunday as Kaylie Pagelsdorf.

The crash occurred about 2:20 p.m. on Kaumualii Highway near Dynasty Court. Three vehicles were heading eastbound on the highway when a county pickup truck and a PT Cruiser traveling behind the truck came to a stop. 

Police said the driver operating a Nissan Pathfinder was unaware that the vehicles had stopped, rear-ending the PT Cruiser, causing it to rear-end the truck. 

Three children — Pagelsdorf, her 2 1/2 year-old sister and 5-year-old brother — were in the Nissan Pathfinder. Police said Pagelsdorf was sitting on the lap of the driver, a 28-year-old man from Puhi, when the crash occurred. Her siblings were sitting in the backseat wearing seat belts and did not suffer any injuries.

No injuries were reported in the other two vehicles. There were no passengers in the county pickup truck. Police said the PT Cruiser had one passenger. 

Police arrested the 28-year-old driver of the Nissan Pathfinder on suspicion of manslaughter and released him pending investigation.

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