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.