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Moiliili toddler killed after being struck by SUV is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:58 p.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

A 2-year-old boy was killed this morning when a neighbor driving a sport utility vehicle apparently hit the toddler on a sidewalk in Moiliili.

He was identified as Filimone Asi, according to the medical examiner's office. 

Lt. Bobby Towne, of  the Honolulu Police Department, said the accident occurred around 7:15 a.m. when a 2009 Toyota RAV4 driven by a 37-year-old woman struck the child.

The toddler died shortly after being taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition with multiple internal injuries. An autopsy will be performed Thursday.

Towne said the driver was taking her daughter to school. She had backed out of a private lane off Kapiolani Boulevard and started driving forward, striking the child whom she did not see on the sidewalk, Towne said.

Speed and alcohol are not factors, he said.

The victim lived across the street from the driver. The neighborhood is a mix of residential buildings and single family homes.

Police have opened a third-degree negligent homicide investigation. 

This was Oahu’s 44th traffic death, compared with 43 at the same time last year.

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