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Fund established for family of Makaha car crash victims

A fund at Bank of Hawaii branches has been set up to help a family whose 3-year-old son was killed and four other members injured in a car crash last week in Makaha.

Bank of Hawaii said a fund called the Brown Family Foundation has been established and that donations can be made at any of its branches statewide.

Mabel Uta, a sister of Potasi Uta, who is accused of killing 3-year-old Ashton Brown and injuring four members of the boy’s family, say they plan to raise money to help the Brown family find a home and pay expenses stemming from the tragedy.

Uta, 44, is charged with first-degree negligent homicide, causing accidental death or injury and driving under the influence of alcohol after a car crashed into a bus shelter in Makaha on Wednesday night, fatally injuring the boy.

Four family members were injured: the boy’s mother, 41; two girls, 11 and 5; and a 7-year-old boy.

Uta is being held, unable to post $100,000 bond.

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