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Hawaii island man charged with manslaughter in son's death

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:10 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2013

The father of a 3-year-old boy who died after falling out of a pickup truck has been charged with manslaughter and numerous other offenses related to the incident.

Pedro Peter, 38, of Kailua-Kona, apparently unaware that his son was no longer in the truck, reportedly ran over his son while pulling on a highway shoulder leading to a store’s driveway on Wednesday, according to police.

Peter was charged Friday with manslaughter, four counts of not having a child restraint, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, and single counts of not having an operator’s license and not having no-fault insurance. As of Friday night, Peter was still in custody at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $52,125 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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