The 6-month-old boy who was taken to a hospital in critical condition after he, his mother and a 3-year old boy were struck by a vehicle in Waimanalo has died, according to the baby’s aunt.
The mother is grieving and the 3-year-old boy is fighting for his life, said Genevieve Kalahiki during a phone interview from Las Vegas. “We just pray over the doctors and the nurses to try to do their best.”
Police arrested Annie Akau, 26, of Waimanalo last night in connection with the hit-and-run accident involving the trio.
Akau was arrested at her home Monday at 11:30 p.m. on suspicion of negligent injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, driving without a license, endangering the welfare of a minor and other offenses.
At about 6:46 p.m., police said the woman was traveling westbound on Kalanianaole Highway in a white 1997 Chevy S-10 pickup truck with a 38-year-old man when she struck the family who was crossing the roadway in a marked crosswalk near Oluolu Street.
The truck then sideswiped a silver 2010 Honda Elantra driven by a 36-year-old Kailua man who had stopped on the eastbound lane to allow the family to cross.
The truck then stopped and Akau fled the scene, leaving the truck behind. Police also arrested the 38-year-old man for hindering prosecution.
About five hours later, officers located Akau at her home.
Police said speed and alcohol are factors.
The 24-year-old woman and 3-year-old boy were transported to Castle Medical Center and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, respectively, in serious condition. Police said the 6-month-old boy was transported to Castle Medical Center in “extremely critical condition.”
Emergency Medical Services reported both the 6-month-old and 3-year-old were treated for head injuries.
A baby stroller remained partially beneath the front of the truck while police investigated.
“I heard the screeching tires,” said Lynn Mattson, 64, who lives behind the 7-Eleven. She said the infant “was still stuck in the stroller in front of the truck. … The 3-year-old was lying on the corner in front of the crosswalk.”
Mattson said the family just had dinner at the father’s mother’s home. The mother was pushing the stroller with the baby and the father was walking right behind them.
When she arrived, the father was yelling and the mother was screaming, Mattson said.
She accompanied the father and got the baby out of the stroller. She held the baby because the father was so distraught.
“He was just a little thing,” she said. “All he was doing was gasping and vomiting.”
“People just need to slow down,” she said.
She recalls at least two other accidents in the area, one fatal.
Kalahiki said the area where her sister and her two children were hit is dark and doesn’t have any street lights and no stop light at the crosswalk where the family was struck.
She said she hopes the state Department of Transportation will install lights in the area. “This is just ridiculous,” she said. “The Department of Transportation needs to something.”
“I just don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” Kalihiki said.
Kalahiki said they were on their way to 7-Eleven to get ice cream for the children when the family was struck by the pickup truck.
Another woman said the new LED street lights make it difficult for drivers to see and believes that may have contributed to the crash and others. She said the community has complained to the Department of Transportation.