Whatever Happened To . . .

An update on past news

By Harold Morse

Wednesday, April 10, 1996

Charges sought in toddler's death

Question: What ever happened in the hit-and-run death case of a 2-year-old in Liliha that later involved questioning the driver of a black Porsche?

Answer: The driver, represented by an attorney, surfaced after the accident, and examination of the Porsche turned up evi dence confirming it was the car that had struck the boy, police said.

The driver made no statement, however, and there were no witnesses linking him to the incident.

"Nobody could place him driving," Capt. Mike Hama of the police traffic division said of the Porsche owner.

"We are going to go for charges, though," he said, explaining that entails trying to persuade the prosecutor's office to charge the driver.

"The defendant in the case didn't make a statement," Hama said. "So we have to go with circumstantial evidence."

The accident took place on the Sunday night of July 9, 1995. Toddler Irae Vaaimamao was fatally injured when struck by a black sports car after he unlatched his car seat, climbed out of the car and wandered into Liliha Street near North Kuakini Street. His parents were ordering takeout food at Hoy Tin Chop Suey at 1727 Liliha St. Police later said they recovered substantial evidence from a black 1976 Porsche that was turned in two days later.

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