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Grand jury indicts Hawaii island father in son's death

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:03 p.m. HST, Feb 06, 2013

KAILUA-KONA >> A Hawaii island man accused of accidentally running over his young son has been indicted on numerous charges including manslaughter.

West Hawaii Today says a grand jury indicted 38-year-old Pedro Peter on charges of manslaughter, as well as driving without a license, failure to have no-fault motor vehicle insurance, four counts of failure to have a child restraint and three counts endangering the welfare of a minor.

A $52,100 bench warrant accompanied the indictment.

The 3-year-old boy, identified as Joel Peter, died Jan 9. Police say the father ran over the boy after his sister apparently thought their father had parked the truck and opened the rear passenger door and the boy fell out. Police say the father continued up a driveway, running over the boy.

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cojef wrote:
A very sad news account. It's tough when an innocent life is snuffed out by his own Father due to carelessness. What waste. R.I.P.
on February 6,2013 | 04:22PM
st1d wrote:
classic overcharging tactic by prosecutor. every time this story is told, in the news, in courts, in investigations, the daughter gets another dose of guilt for causing the death of her brother.

teaching point of story is never mentioned: use the child lock feature on vehicle doors. rest in peace, joel.

on February 6,2013 | 05:06PM
kahu808 wrote:
Whose responsibility was it to have the boy in a carseat? The driver. Who failed to call 911? The driver? Who failed to put the other kids in a carseat? The driver. What was driving without a license? The driver. Who could have prevented this death? The driver. Gross negligence.
on February 7,2013 | 09:28PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Just too much.
on February 6,2013 | 07:28PM
kuewa wrote:
I can't even imagine what this family is going through.
on February 7,2013 | 05:17AM
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