Toddler dies from accident in parking lot near Pu’u’eo Street

A 3-year-old Hilo girl died following a 1 vehicle crash Tuesday night (March 7) in the parking lot of an apartment complex of the 100 block of Puʻuʻeo Street.

She was identified as Kawenalanionapua Low-Hopeau.

Responding to a 6:26 p.m. call, police determined that a 2008 Ford sports-utility vehicle was traveling north through the parking lot of the apartment complex and struck the 3-year-old pedestrian.

Kawenalanionapua Low-Hopeau was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 7:00 p.m.

The driver of the Ford, a 66-year-old Hilo woman, was not injured.

Police do not believe that speed or alcohol were factors.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation and is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2293 or email: clarence.acob@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

Because this didn’t occur on a public roadway, it is not counted as a fatality for statistical purposes.

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