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Family pleads for hit-and-run driver to come forward

Quirino Aguisanda Quirino Aguisanda
Bessie Aguisanda Bessie Aguisanda

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The painful vision burned into Bessie Aguisanda's mind is of her father's battered body on a hospital bed.

"My dad's forehead was all swollen up, and black and blue eyes, and, oh, the blood," she said, her eyes shut tight at the memory.

Quirino Aguisanda had just gotten off a city bus on Farrington Highway early Monday morning. He was on his way home from work.  Honolulu police said he was in a cross walk when a hit-and-run driver ran him down.

The accident happened at about 2:30 a.m. An autopsy pointed to multiple blunt-force injuries as the cause of death.

"I'm praying to the Lord that I can bear the hurt," said his wife, Eustacia.

The Aguisanda's moved to Hawaii from the Philippines in 1992. Quirino was 86 but refused to slow down. He worked as a caregiver and a bathroom attendant in a handful of Waikiki restaurants and clubs.

"He worked not only for himself and for the family but even for the relatives and friends way back in the Philippines," Bessie said.

The accident happened about a block from the Aguisanda's Waipahu home.  Traffic investigators said a truck hit him but a witness didn't catch the license plate.

Bessie is begging the driver to come forward.

"That's the best thing you can do for yourself and for your family," she said. "It will haunt you the rest of your life if you don't do it."

A wall unit in the Aguisanda's living room holds Bible verses, statements of faith, and a hand-drawn cutout Quirino made for his wife with the lyric to their favorite song, "You are My Sunshine."

"In everything I miss my husband. Every way. In any way. I miss him so much," Eustacia said.

Bessie said in the days before her father's death, he was reading Christian books that talked about heaven. She now believes it was a way of getting him ready for an end he never saw coming.

If you have information on this accident call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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