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January 11, 2013
The Associated Press

Pedestrian struck by car on Oahu dies

HONOLULU - A woman has died of injuries sustained on Oahu when she was struck by a car while walking alongside Kalanianaole Highway.

Hawaii News Now said the woman who was in her 30s was taken early Thursday morning to The Queen's Medical Center, where she later died. Emergency Medical Services said the accident near Poalima and Moole streets occurred at 1:07 a.m. Roads near the accident were closed temporarily while police investigated.


Toddler dies after falling out of pickup

KAULUA-KONA - A 3-year-old boy died on the Big Island after falling out of the cab of a truck and being run over.

Police say Joel Peter died Wednesday in an accident that occurred near the driveway of a retail establishment in North Kona. According to police, the driver of the truck, 38-year-old Petro Peter, drove his son to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say an investigation revealed that one of the boy's sisters thought her father had already parked the truck. When she opened the rear passenger door, the boy fell out and the father, unaware of the boy, continued up the driveway and ran over his son.

Petro Peter has been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and various other vehicle-related offenses.


SUV hits tow truck on highway; 1 dead

HONOLULU - Police say an SUV driver in his 80s was killed on the Pali Highway after hitting a flatbed tow truck.

The accident prompted the closure of all lanes of the main route between Kailua and downtown Honolulu on Thursday morning.

Authorities say a woman in her 80s was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Traffic investigators tell KITV-TV that the tow truck was driving toward downtown Honolulu and made a U-turn across a grass median. But the end of the truck was sticking out into the lanes when the SUV hit it. The vehicle then spun into the lanes going toward Kailua.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said the lanes going toward downtown Honolulu have been reopened.


Navy: Hawaii-based submarine damaged

HONOLULU - A Pearl Harbor-based submarine was damaged early Thursday when one of its periscopes struck an unidentified vessel in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy said.

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement that no one was hurt in the pre-dawn incident Thursday involving the nuclear-powered USS Jacksonville.

The submarine surfaced from periscope depth to see if the collision damaged the vessel, but the ship continued "on a consistent course" offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision.

According to a U.S. Navy official, the submarine was submerged when there was a "thump." When submariners tried to see what happened, they were unable to raise the periscope. When they raised the other periscope, they realized the first one had been sheared off and that a vessel - believed to be a fishing trawler - was motoring away and appeared to be operating normally, the official said.

The official, who was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the vessel did not appear to be in any distress.


Court orders Oahu club to pay man $6M

HONOLULU - A Circuit Court jury is ordering an Oahu country club to pay a 79-year-old man more than $6 million for the broken back he suffered when he fell nearly 20 feet from the first tee of the club's golf course.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that a jury found that Amar Sappal suffered nearly $12.5 million in damages for injuries.

The jury found that Sappal and Mid-Pacific Country Club were equally negligent, so the club must pay half the damages.

Sappal fell from the tee at about 11 p.m. in June 2009. He was there with his son, a club member.

Mid-Pacific lawyers denied the club was liable. They suggested that Sappal was intoxicated. They argued that Sappal was familiar with the elevated tee from having played golf there.



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