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  • Pursuit-related deaths per 100K: 0.4

  • Pursuit-related deaths (1996-2015): 5 (the lowest)

  • Violent crimes per 100K (2015): 293.4 (20th lowest)

  • Bystander deaths (1996-2015): 1 (the lowest)


Controversy as Families Mourn
These two friends, Michelle Benevedes and Racquel Akau, were killed as a result of the same pursuit crash on January 20, 2007. Yet, Hawaii shows only one death from 1996-2015.

Several neighbors reported that the SUV was being chased
by police down Kalaniana'ole Highway in the Hawaii Kai direction.
However, police said there was no pursuit prior to the crash.

Residents said they saw as many as three police cars on the scene almost immediately.

Source: The Bureau of Justice Statistics is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice. For state data, the report used pursuit-related fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA), which uses the Fatality Analysis Reporting System*, 1996–2015, released May 9, 2017.
*The Fatality Analysis Reporting System receives data on pursuit deaths at the discretion of law enforcement officials.
The FBI reported in 2002: "The lack of a mandatory reporting system hampers attempts by NHTSA to track pursuit fatalities and results in the collection of as little as one-half of the actual data. Typically, only 90 percent of states report pursuit fatality data to NHTSA. By extrapolating the 5-year totals to include 100 percent reporting, calculations would show an average of 375 deaths per year. Even conservative estimates The reporting of pursuit fatalities is not mandatory and there is no government oversight."