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Police release Waimanalo woman accused in fatal hit-and-run

Honolulu police said today they have released the 26-year-old Waimanalo woman who was arrested late Monday night in a hit-and-run collision that killed an 8-month-old boy.

The infant’s 3-year-old brother and his 24-year-old mother were also seriously injured.

Police released Annie Akau on Tuesday night. She initially was arrested 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.

The negligent injury offense was changed to first-degree negligent homicide upon the death of the baby on Tuesday.

Police said speed and alcohol appear to be factors.

Akau was driving a Chevy S10 pickup truck, heading toward Makapuu on Kalanianaole Highway at about 6:46 p.m. Monday when the truck hit the family in a marked crosswalk near Oluolu Street in Waimanalo, police said.

The mother was pushing a stroller with the baby, Donovan Naleieha, inside. The truck stopped roughly 60 feet past the crosswalk with the stroller underneath. The baby’s father was behind them.

Police said Akau had her young child with her in the truck, and fled the scene on foot. Her husband, 38, arrived at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution.

The truck also sideswiped a car, whose driver had stopped for the family to cross, police said.

Police said they identified Akau from video surveillance obtained from the 7-Eleven.

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    • Oh she will. After she is found guilty and sentenced, prison justice will take over. Prisoners have no tolerance for killers of babies, injuring young children. They will ensure every day is torture for her.

  • das what HI gets for being a “D” state–liberal judges that worry –not about the lives of the innocent that is taken away or ruined but the lives of those that commit crimes. i say bring back the death penalty HI and den people will start respecting other peoples lives. why cry now–too late! and to compound the problem –these people get to walk–walk now and walk later with a lighter sentence and walk with a earl release. sorry for the family that got run down–this should not happen. too bad that the girl didnt run herself into a tree and be the only one injured or killed.
    das what we get Hawaii–when we got liberal laws and liberal judges and liberal courts and liberal probation system. too late. just hope that you are not unlucky and have something like this happen to you because there is no justice in a liberal state.
    Hi is the only 1 party state in the country and HI is so ignorant that the resetting of power that was experienced in the national elections just flew by HI.. das what we get–sorrow and regret

  • I’d sure like to know what her husband did to “hinder prosecution “. Sounds like ethics and morality are not strong suits in this family. Typical “Ainokea” mentality.

  • I don’t understand our laws. This women was under the influence, no license, probably no insurance and yet ran away. Now released so she can run away? How can you hit a baby and the parent and small child and just leave the scene of the accident. I hope they lock her up and these people know someone in jail and well, what ever happens, happens. So shame. I don’t know this family that lost their baby, but I feel for them. I cried just reading this story. The baby was so cute. God bless this family.

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