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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, June 5, 2010

Boy, 14, dies after fall off golf cart

Advertiser Staff

A 14-year-old Big Island boy died Thursday of injuries suffered in a golf cart accident on May 31, Hawai'i County police said.

The boy was identified as Bronson D. Derego of Waimea.

Police say Derego was riding in the back of a golf cart driven by a 15-year-old girl on Mānā Road. The cart turned into a driveway, causing Derego to fall and hit his head on the pavement.

He was taken to North Hawai'i Community Hospital, then transferred to The Queen's Medical Center.

Derego is the 17th person to die in a traffic incident on the Big Island this year, compared with 11 at this time last year.


Hawai'i County police yesterday identified a man who died Wednesday in a collision involving a pickup truck and moped as Joel L. Brooks, 57, of Mountain View.

Police said Brooks was operating a moped along the shoulder of Route 11 near Psyzk Road when he pulled out onto the roadway and was hit by a pickup truck.

Police said Brooks was not wearing a helmet.


Police arrested a 39-year-old Kapahulu man Thursday night at Blaisdell Center after he allegedly pushed a woman, took her cell phone and walked away with it.

Police were told that the man and woman, 19, were attending a concert when the man got upset at the woman for continuously text-messaging during the performance.

Concert ushers saw the commotion and detained the man until police arrived.

The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery and harassment.


The Hawai'i County Police Department has confirmed it was a police officer who had a census worker arrested for trespassing, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.

Maj. Sam Thomas has declined to name the officer, saying he can't discuss the case because it's ongoing.

Census worker Russell Haas has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor trespassing. A pretrial hearing is set for June 17.

Haas has the support of federal prosecutors, who want the case moved to U.S. District Court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Butrick said Haas is a federal employee and the March 10 incident occurred while he was performing his duties. Butrick says he would act as Haas' defense attorney.

County Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Bridges said he will try to keep the case in state court.