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Posted on: Friday, June 8, 2001

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Man killed, 3 hurt in Big Island crash

HILO, Hawaii — A Hilo man died and three others were hurt in a two-car crash early yesterday on the Hawai'i Belt Road in Pana'ewa. The two cars had been racing at about 12:25 a.m., Big Island police said.

The victim was identified by police as Mahie Blomgren, 19. He became the year's 14th fatality on the Big Island, compared to 11 at the same time in 2000.

Investigators said Blomgren died at 2:45 a.m. at Hilo Medical Center after being extricated from the wreckage by the fire rescue squad. His passenger, Jason Tanigawa, 18, of Hilo, was reported in stable condition with a broken leg.

Two teenagers, ages 15 and 14, in a 1998 Toyota sedan, were not named because of their age. They were treated and released from the hospital.

Police said Blomgren was driving a 1998 Honda sedan when he rear-ended the Toyota at a high speed. His car then went off the left shoulder of the roadway near the Ikaika Street intersection and struck a tree. He was pinned and Tanigawa was ejected. The crash caused the Toyota to run off the right shoulder and roll over.

Blomgren and the two juveniles were wearing seat belts. The air bags in the Toyota were deployed.

Kalihi man charged in fatal hit-and-run

A 39-year-old Kalihi man arrested in connection with a hit-and-run collision that killed a moped driver May 24 has been charged with failure to render aid, police said.

Police charged Tiuli Faatoia on Wednesday and set his bail at $25,000. Faatoia turned himself in June 1 and was arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide, driving without a license and criminal contempt of court.

Police suspect Faatoia was driving a van that struck moped driver Daniel Agcaoili, 33, in Kalihi on May 24. Agcaoili died from his injuries four days later.

Faatoia has been convicted of drunken driving three times since 1997, according to court records.

Court records show he had his driver's license revoked or suspended seven times in the past four years.

His most recent license suspension was for five years for an April 1999 drunken-driving conviction.

Alcohol implicated in fatal standoff

A 20-year-old man who was shot and killed during a standoff with police in Wahiawa was intoxicated at the time, according to the city's medical examiner's office.

Dustan Long, who lived at 290 Karsten Drive, had a blood alcohol content of 0.12, higher than the legal limit to drive, 0.08, according to the medical examiner.

Long had invited some people to his home, and an argument with his girlfriend escalated into a brawl, police said.

They said Long fired several shots at a white Volkswagen Golf and fired at officers when they arrived. He fled into his home and held police at bay, then fired at two officers from his back yard before a third officer returned fire, striking him in the chest, police said.

Long had been scheduled to be sentenced Monday for auto theft. He had prior convictions for harassment and fourth-degree theft, according to the Hawai'i Criminal Justice Data Center.