Family grieves after child run over by car

Published On: Aug 28 2013 10:30:00 PM HST

A family is grieving after their child was killed, run over by a car. It happened on a private road off Kapiolani Blvd. in Moiliili Wednesday morning when a woman was taking her daughter to school.

Police say she was backing out of her driveway and when she pulled forward, she didn't see the child on the sidewalk and ran him over.

Filimone Asi was just 2-years-old. His family says his favorite past time was watching "Power Rangers" on his mom's phone. His sister says she'll will miss watching it with him.

"I always used to watch him, now I don't have to anymore, but I'm going to miss him," says Sela Asi, Filimone's sister.

To his family, he was known as "fat boy." He lived with his older brother and three sisters who were in school Wednesday morning. His mother and father were too devastated to talk but other family members say they will remember Filimone as the light of their life.

"Every morning he was up calling my son to come play or say 'hi' to everybody that comes by our neighborhood," says Lupe Funaki, Filimone's aunt.

"We've been waiting for him to come out and start making noise or arguing with his siblings or wanting us to leave his house because he wanted to spend time with his mommy," says Mary-Ann Lovely Koli, Filimone's cousin

Part of that time was spent on religion, going to the First United Methodist Church of Honolulu. Filimone's family has lived at their home for over 10 years. They know nothing can replace the loss of their loved one, but they hope this event will send a message to others.

"Just want to let people know to be more aware of the things they do or when they're backing up you know there's children around, you may never know what may happen within the next couple seconds or so," says Koli.

The family believes the neighbor who ran over Filimone is frightened. They have a message for her as well.

"We just want her to know that we're not going to blame, we all know, we're parents here. We're just here because we lost one of our children and we miss him dearly," says Funaki.

Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation. They'll look into why the woman didn't see Filimone on the sidewalk and will determine if there was any recklessness on the part of the driver.


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