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Police identify girl, 3, fatally struck by SUV in Hilo

A 3-year-old girl who died after she was struck by a vehicle in Hilo Tuesday has been identified as Kawenalanionapua Low-Hopeau.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., police said a 2008 Ford sport utility vehicle was traveling north through the parking lot at Hilo Val Hala apartments and struck Low-Hopeau.

She was taken to Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Police said the Ford driver, a 66-year-old Hilo woman, was uninjured.

Speed and alcohol were not involved, police said.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation and are seeking witnesses to the crash. Witnesses may call Officer Clarence Acob of the Hawaii Police Department at 961-2293 or e-mail at

Individuals also may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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