Tivoli Faaumu

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HONOLULU (AP) — Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu has acknowledged leaving the scene of an accident after hitting a parked motorcycle without stopping in the parking lot of a shopping center.

Faaumu acknowledged the transgression on Wednesday. He said in a written statement to police that he did not realize he had hit the parked motorcycle on Nov. 7.

“I said, ‘No, I didn’t know I damaged the motorcycle or hit anything,’" Faaumu said. “I said, ‘I’m sorry that that happened.’ If I knew I did back up into the motorcycle and caused damage, I would stop. But I didn’t.”