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Toddler in critical condition after hit-and-run accident


  • Honolulu Police Department traffic investigators examine the scene of an accident on Mohihi Street in Waianae. Police said a 2-year-old boy darted into the street and was hit by a pickup truck. The boy is in critical condition and the 80-year-old driver of the truck was arrested.
  • STAR-ADVERTISER PHOTO BY CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Police investigate a truck believed to be involved in an accident . It was located at a residence at Kipahele Place, a few blocks away from the accident scene on Mohihi Street where a pickup truck hit a 2-year-old boy and left him in critical condition.

  • The pickup truck involved in a Waianae accident that left a 2-year-old boy in critical condition was found at a residence at Kipahele Place, a few blocks away from the accident scene. SA photo by

  • Star-Advertiser photo by Craig Kojima/ckojima@staradvertiser.com
    A Honolulu Police Department traffic investigator stands at the scene of an accident on Mohihi Street in Waianae that left a 2-year-old boy in critical condition.
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A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition and an 80-year-old Waianae man was arrested after a hit-and-run accident this morning.

Police said the toddler darted into the street as the boy and his family were getting into a car to take the boy’s siblings to school from a home on Mohihi Street near Kipaoa Place in Waianae. An aunt identified the boy as Zion Sale.

A white Nissan Frontier pickup truck traveling mauka on Mohihi Street hit the boy and kept going, police said.

Officers arrested the driver, identified by family members as Lodrego Puerto, at his home on Kipahele Place several blocks away.

Puerto’s wife Segundina said her husband did not know he hit someone until police arrived at their home.

Family members said Puerto was likely returning home after dropping his granddaughter off at school.

Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the city emergency services department, said paramedics were called at 7:33 a.m.

Paramedics took the child to the hospital in serious condition. His condition was downgraded to critical after he arrived at the emergency room.

Star-Advertiser reporter Gregg K. Kakesako contributed to this story.

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