On Thursday, May 7, Maui Police Department’s Wailuku Patrol Division followed up on a Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation where the license plate number of an Unmarked Police vehicle was reported to have been involved in a “Hit and run” type of accident. Per the victim, the responsible vehicle was described to be possibly a Honda Civic that was driven by a female. Read the original account here.
The ongoing investigation revealed a Honda Accord with a license number containing the same letters and numbers as the unmarked police vehicle. Two of the letters were reversed. According to a press release issued today, an MPD spokeswoman said, “This was a mistake anyone could have made.”
Wailuku Patrol Officers were able to locate the Honda and positively identified the female driver of the silver colored Honda. In addition, the damages to the front of the Honda were consistent with what you would see in this type of collision. When questioned by police, the female driver admitted being involved in the accident that occurred on Sunday, May 3.
The accident resulted in injury and damages to both vehicles that were estimated to be less than $3,000.00.
Additional cases were generated for Failure to Render Aid and Accidents involving bodily injury. The cases have been forwarded to the Maui County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for review.
Maui Police Department’s Policy in releasing Motor Vehicle Accident reports, with or without injury, are in accordance to Hawaii Revised Statues 291c-20 and Chapter 92F, Uniform Information Practices Act. By law, the accident report is considered confidential in nature, therefore, we would not have released it to anyone outside of the parties directly involved.
Procedural guidelines were enforced after MPD was essentially barraged with requests from news organizations for copies of the accident report as part of their news coverage of the hit-and-run incident.
MPD has also declined to identify either the victim or the suspect.