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Kihei man arrested in fatal Maui hit-and-run

Maui police arrested a 20-year-old Kihei man Monday in connection with the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed 16-year-old Hannah Simmons.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of accidents involving serious bodily injury or death and second-degree negligent homicide. He was released pending further investigation, according to a news release from the Maui Police Department.

Police seized a blue 2007 Ford F-250 pick up truck.

On the night of Nov. 27, police said the 20-year-old man was traveling on Kaiwahine Street and made a left turn onto Piilani Highway when the vehicle struck Simmons of Kihei who was in a marked crosswalk.

The driver fled the scene. Simmons was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition and died from her injuries.

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  • Too many HIT and RUN Drivers!!! Regardless if its a “fatal accident or not” a mandatory PRISON sentence of 25 years should be applied!

    These heartless and irresponsible low life’s should be removed from society for a LONG time!

    • I think a lot of drivers who flee the scene of an accident are either legally intoxicated, have no license or insurance, or are wanted on outstanding warrants of some kine or another. Fleeing the scene is an entirely rational act to some of them. Moments after hitting someone they probably think something along the lines of, “Yeah, I just hurt or killed somebody, but if I stick around to face the consequences, then my (fill in the blank) will be found out and I’ll be in big trouble with the wife (or husband or family or employer or insurer).”

  • Why did the police release him? What’s to prevent him from fleeing the islands altogether and avoid justice? I remember that in the Big Island a drunk driver who seriously injured a motorcyclist was released from custody as well and fled to Germany. The family was left with bills amounting to hundreds of thousand of dollars which they’ll have to pay all their lifetime.

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