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Arrest made in fatal Maui hit-and-run

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[Update 2:22 p.m. Friday]

Maui police has arrested a 41-year-old Wailuku man in connection with Tuesday night's hit and run crash that killed 51-year-old Viki Deardorff.

The crash was reported at 11:13 p.m.

The male was arrested at the Wailuku Police Station after turning himself in on Friday morning. He was released pending further investigation.

The Vehicle Homicide Unit went to his residence where he said his truck would be. The truck was parked inside his closed garage. Vehicle Homicide Unit officers had previously been to his residence before he had turned himself in, however nobody answered the door.

Police processed the truck and seized the truck as evidence in this case. The truck recovered was a 2012 Toyota Tacoma, bronze in color.  Earlier in the week, police had requested the public's assistance in locating the truck that was involved in this crash. Police were looking for a 2012 - 2014 Toyota Tacoma, bronze or khaki in color.

[Original story posted below]

A Maui woman was killed during an apparent hit-and-run accident late Tuesday night, according to Maui Police.

An MPD spokesperson says Vicki Deardorff , 51, of Kihei, was killed when she was struck by a Toyota truck while walking on Piilani Highway.

Deardorff was not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say that "following the collision the operator of the Toyota truck that struck Ms. Deardorff fled the scene failing to provide any assistance.

The incident is believed to be the sixth fatality on Maui roads in less than two weeks.

MAUIWatch reports the incident happened near the juncture of Piilani Highway and Mokulele Highway at around 11 p.m.

Police say that the woman was thrown about 40 feet during the crash.

Northbound lanes of Piilani Highway were closed during an investigation, but have since been reopened.

So far in 2014, nine people have been killed on Maui roads, compared to just four at the same time last year.

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