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Police identify San Diego boy, 12, who fell off Maui cliff


Maui police identified the 12-year-old San Diego visitor who died Sunday when he fell nearly 350 feet from a lookout near Hana as Cristian Lopez.

Witnesses told Maui police that the 12-year-old youth was with his family, who had parked their rental vehicle at a lookout on the Keanae side of Honomanu Bay near mile marker 14.75 on Hana Highway.

The victim quickly exited the vehicle and ran toward the dirt hill at the lookout.

According to witnesses’ statements, the victim’s mother, Tanya Lopez, left the vehicle after her son, and called out to him. However, the victim continued running and suddenly disappeared over the edge. 

The accident occurred at about 10:41 a.m. The victim fell about 300 to 350 feet. 

Police and fire personnel retrieved the victim from the ocean, and the boy was transported by paramedics to the Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he died. He sustained massive head trauma.  


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