Two people indicted on negligent homicide

LIHUE —Two people involved in a fatal accident at a Rice Street crosswalk were indicted on charges of negligent homicide Thursday.

Derreck Agan, 49, is charged with negligent homicide in the first degree and Tierra Aiolupotea, 34, is charged with negligent homicide in the second degree accidents involving death or serious bodily injury for allegedly fleeing the scene of the accident.

The indictment comes more than one year after 60-year-old Paulanna Larish was struck at the marked crosswalk at Rice Street in the early hours of Oct. 7, 2014.

As she crossed the street about 6:15 a.m. by the Lihue post office, a dark gray Toyota Tacoma driven by Agan allegedly hit her, police said. The man got out of his car and tried to help her but as he was doing so, a dark blue Mercury Mountaineer, driven by Aiolupotea, drove past the crosswalk and also allegedly struck Larish.

Aiolupotea drove from the scene and was later tracked three days later and arrested by police.

Larish, who was homeless, died at the scene.

Bail for both Agan and Aiolupotea was set to $10,000.

Prosecuting attorney Justin Kollar said the case required a significant amount of time to put together due to many factors required in the investigation.

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The Garden Island

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