Kona Boy Run Over After Falling From Truck
by Big Island Now Staff
A 3-year-old Kona boy was killed early Wednesday night after he fell out of his family’s pickup truck and was then run over, police said today.
The boy, identified as Joel Peter of Kailua-Kona, was run over on the shoulder of a driveway leading to the Matsuyama Store on Route 190 in Kalaoa.
Police said an investigation showed that the boy’s sister thought that her father had parked the truck and opened the rear passenger door, at which point the victim fell out.
Not knowing that the boy had fallen out, the father, identified as 38-year-old Pedro Peter, continued up the driveway and ran over the child.
Peter was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, driving without a driver’s license or insurance, and four counts of lacking child restraints.
Police initially learned of the incident after receiving a 6:41 p.m. call from Kona Community Hospital, where Peter had taken the child.
The boy was pronounced dead at 6:43 p.m.
The driver’s 32-year-old wife and three girls, ages 4, 4 and 6, were also in the truck’s cab. Neither they nor two male relatives in the truck’s bed was injured.
Police said neither speed, alcohol nor drugs are believed to be factors in the case.
An autopsy will be performed.
The fatality was the first on Big Island roadways this year. There were none at this time in 2012.
Police are looking for anyone who was in the vicinity of Matsuyama Store between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and may have witnessed the incident. Witnesses are asked to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, ext. 229.
***Updated at 3 p.m.***
Just plain STUPID !!!
one of my biggest fears in life is ACCIDENTALLY running over my child ~ not stupid, just very very unfortunate : (
No. It's definitely STUPID. Operating a vehicle with NO license, NO insurance, & 4 children with NO child safety restraints...to me that paints a "STUPID" picture. This poor child's death was 100% preventable, he paid the ultimate price for his parent's poor choices.
Oh my god. :,(
Yes I agree that this accident was avoidable , BUT , this man lost his child , so did his wife and the siblings , a brother! This family has been through a lot and will NEVER EVER live down that moment in their life that this accident could have been avoided , that is punishment enough! Screw all of you who think otherwise. Are anyone of you who have commented prior in any way religious? "Ultimate price" wtf? You cant put a PRICE on life.......Lava Lei is correct , very very unfortunate , not stupid. God bless you Joel Peter and the rest of the Peter 'Ohana , sorry for your loss.
Sorry for the lost of that innocent 3 year old child.. may he be flying with Gods angels.. and Lord.. We Pray for the Father, Mother and sisters during this unfortunate lost!! Always~ &nd Should of know to Buckle up your Children and Restraint them always .. they move so quickly.. I would rather hear my child/neice/nepew/grandson/cuz/friend/ etc.. cry in a car seat while driving than having them roam in the car while driving!! Its not stupid its just poor judgement on the parents!! Children are innocent and precious.. !! praying for your ohana!!
I love how people get so ugly over someone else's point of view! Who is their right mind would try to defend & make excuses for a PREVENTABLE death of an innocent child?! His father IS absolutely stupid, he was not only driving illegally but put ALL of his children's lives in danger doing so!! "Screw all of you who think otherwise"?? Wow, funny on top of that you bring God into it; with how disrespectful you talk it shows how close to God you are. SMH! I think people need to pray for ignorant people like yourself. Rest In Love Joel, a life cut so short over carelessness!!