Deadly hit-and-run leaves Maui family in grief

Published On: Apr 16 2014 08:09:35 PM HST   Updated On: Apr 16 2014 08:17:17 PM HST
KIHEI, Hawaii -

A Maui family is in grief and police on the hunt after a deadly hit-and-run.

Click here to watch Paula Akana's report.

Maui police are enlisting the public to help find the driver of a truck that struck and killed a 51-year-old Maui woman.

"My mom was a really bubbly and talkative person. She really loved us," said Brent Deardorff.

Deardorff is an artist living in the Lake Tahoe area.

His mom, 51-year-old Viki Deardorff, had five children. She was struck and killed just after 11 p.m. while walking on Pi'ilani Highway.

The driver of the truck that hit Deardorff fled the scene, but police say it left behind enough evidence to tell them what kind of truck they are looking for; a 2012-2014 Toyota Tacoma truck, bronze or khaki in color with damage to the front passenger grille, fender and headlight area.

Maui police are hoping the public, especially auto repair shops, will keep a look out.

"We're hoping that people are gonna come forward. I mean it's a new truck. They're gonna want to get it fixed and it's going to be obvious," said Deardorff.

If you know anything about the truck, call Maui Police Dispatch at 244-6400 or MPD's Vehicle Homicide Unit at 244-6347.

As police investigate, Deardorff is preparing to return home to be with his family. But he left a message to the driver.

"You're causing a lot of people a lot of pain. What you did, you're not going to get away with it," said Deardorff.

This is Maui's sixth traffic fatality in 11 days.

Maui police are asking people to slow down, drive responsibly and be aware of your surroundings.


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