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Infant dies after van with 7 Japanese tourists crashes

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:23 p.m. HST, Feb 24, 2012



A 6-month-old infant died Thursday night and six adults were injured after the passenger van they were riding in crashed in Kau, Hawaii County police said.

Police said the boy's father, a 36-year-old man, was driving a 2011 Dodge van south on Hawaii Belt Road when it veered off the shoulder at about 5 p.m. in Kapapala.The driver and two other passengers, a 37-year-old man and 39-year-old woman, were treated and released from Kau Hospital.

The 6-month-old baby, identified as Yuta Suzuki, his 28-year-old mother, and two other passengers, a 30-year-old woman and another woman,  went to the Hilo Medical Center, where the baby was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m. The boy's mother was released. The two passengers are reported in serious condition.

Police said the adults were wearing seat belts, but the infant was not in a car seat.

Bystanders were performing CPR on the infant, when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

All seven in the van were Japanese nationals visiting from Shinonawata, Japan.

Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation.





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Manapua_Man wrote:
Way too many people getting killed here.
on February 24,2012 | 05:26AM
kiheilocal wrote:
Seems to be alot of Japanese visitor deaths.
on February 24,2012 | 05:48AM
KeepDaCountryCountry wrote:
So sad for the baby, WHY WAS THERE NO CARSEAT??!
on February 24,2012 | 06:23AM
Kokoy wrote:
The safety and necessity of car seats are not promoted or enforced in Japan as it is in the United States, i.e. there is no widespread government level effort to educate citizens. It's a shame.
on February 24,2012 | 08:20AM
kahu808 wrote:
Japan has a car seat law but it does not appear to be enforced. Rental car companies are required to have them available. I wonder if there was even a seat in the van.
on February 24,2012 | 09:51AM
Kokoy wrote:
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/40-of-child-seats-in-cars-remain-unused-police-survey
on February 24,2012 | 08:27AM
hilopango wrote:
Just wondering...why is this being considered as negligent homicide when it's the baby's father? It's more an unfortunate accident, unless the father was drunk or something. He already has to deal with the fact that his actions killed his son, don't make it worse for the family.
on February 24,2012 | 09:45AM
wayam wrote:
Well said. The world would be a much simpler and happier place if it were governed by logic and pragmatic thinking such as yours. Too bad laws often get in the way.
on February 24,2012 | 09:54AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I completely, totally, 100% agree with you. Poor, poor family. They need our love, not criminal charges.
on February 24,2012 | 10:50AM
copperwire9 wrote:
(Curious to know where my first comment vanished to, StarAdvertiser...) Anyway, what I was trying to post was a message saying I completely, totally, 100% agree with you. Also, that the poor family members need our love, not criminal charges.
on February 24,2012 | 10:53AM
kahu808 wrote:
Compassion for the infant would have been a properly installed child restraint. As for the investigation, I don't know of a family exemption. It would depend on the prosecutors if they would take the case. The police have to investigate it as a neg hom and the final charge would depend on the driver's negligence. I agree with your sentiments, dad has to live with the fact that he is responsible for his son's death. I child seat would have prevented this tragedy.
on February 24,2012 | 08:15PM
hanoz808 wrote:
really sad
on February 24,2012 | 09:57AM
Kuokoa wrote:
Baby was taken out of car seat to be nursed. Stop, pull off the road then feed baby!
on February 24,2012 | 05:17PM
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