Thursday, April 19, 2001

Student who hit golf
balls into stadium
is indicted

A girl playing softball was injured
when one of the balls struck her

Star-Bulletin staff

A 19-year-old University of Hawaii student who hit golf balls into the Rainbow Wahine Stadium during a high-school softball game was indicted yesterday for second-degree assault.

An Oahu grand jury indicted Daniel Copperud for allegedly causing serious bodily injury to Amy Taniguchi, committing the Feb. 2 assault.

A warrant for his arrest was issued under the indictment. Bail was set at $1,000.

Copperud surrendered to police Feb. 6 and admitted to hitting the balls into the stadium. He was later released pending investigation.

Police said several golf balls were hit onto the field from Johnson Hall B Dormitory on 2555 Dole St. Between 800 and 1,000 people were in attendance at the game.

Taniguchi, an Iolani Schools center fielder, was standing in the dugout during a state semifinal softball game against Baldwin when a golf ball struck her in the mouth.

The 17-year-old girl had a tooth knocked out and her gumline injured, forcing her to sit out the last game of her high school career.

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