Maui man, 43, arrested in hit-and-run death case

Published On: Aug 30 2012 10:55:54 AM HST   Updated On: Aug 24 2012 04:16:42 PM HST

Walter Vierra Sr.

WAILUKU, Hawaii -

Maui police said a 43-year-old year man turned himself into authorities Friday in connection with a hit-and-run death in Waiehu about a week ago.

Police identified the man as Walter Vierra of Wailuku.

Vierra turned himself in at the Wailuku police station at 11 a.m. and arrested for first-degree negligent homicide.  He was released pending further investigation.

On Aug. 16, between 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m., 31-year-old Brandy Mendes was walking home on Kahekili Highway, about 0.1 miles south of Kamaile Street.  She was walking on the makai side of the roadway, which does not have street lights.

On Aug. 17, someone found her body on the northbound shoulder of the road.

Through evidence at the scene, police determined that Mendes was struck by a dark red 2000 Chevy pickup truck.  The driver of the truck fled the scene without rendering aid or contacting police, according to investigators.

The truck was found in the Happy Valley area late Friday night.  The truck was recovered and remains with Maui police as evidence.

Mendes was a mother of three children, ages 7, 11, and 15.


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