October 26, 2010 – Waianae, Hawaii – A toddler is in critical condition after a hit and run that occurred on October 20.
According to the Star Advertiser, Zion Sale, 2, wandered into the street while his family was getting into their car. The family was getting ready to take the victim’s siblings to school when the accident occurred on Mohihi Street, near Kipaoa.
Lodrego Puerto, 80, was driving down Mohihi Street in his white Nissan Frontier pickup when he struck the toddler. Puerto failed to stop after striking the young child and continued to drive.
Several blocks away at his home on Kipahele Place, Puerto was arrested for the hit and run accident. His wife Segundina indicated that her husband wasn’t aware that he had hit the toddler. Family members told police that Puerto was probably returning home after dropping off his granddaughter at school.
Sale was in serious condition when he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Later on, his condition was downgraded to critical.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2008 Crash Statistics, there were 107 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Hawaii.
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