Police locate SUV suspected in hit-and-run crash in Enchanted Lake

Michael D'Alessio
Michael D'Alessio

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

ENCHANTED LAKE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police on Sunday located the vehicle believed to be involved in a deadly crash in Windward Oahu Saturday night. Investigators say they're still looking for the driver.

The victim has been identified as Micah Borengasser, 19, of Kailua.

Before an SUV ran over Borengasser in Enchanted Lake, police say there was an argument -- possibly over a woman -- that had escalated.

"His head was on this side with his feet laying on that side of the road," Michael D'Alessio, neighbor, pointed out to this reporter.

The sight of a young man lying motionless on Keolu Drive is burned into D'Alessio's mind.

"I don't know if he was breathing or not, but he looked like maybe he was unconscious or something," he said. "He wasn't moving or responding to anybody talking to him."

The 19-year-old later died.

Police say he had approached a 33-year-old man in an SUV and began punching him through the open window. When the older man started driving away to escape the beating, investigators say the alleged aggressor fell to the ground and was run over by the vehicle.

"There was a party down the street. They ended up hearing what happened so they were coming down," D'Alessio said. "I don't know if they were his family members or friends, but they ended up coming down. They all started, I don't know if it was emotions getting to them, but they all started getting loud."

"We saw a lot of yelling and screaming and what not," Richard Pang, neighbor, said. "I didn't know what it was."

The driver reportedly stopped to let a woman out of the SUV, and then fled the scene.

"There was a girl crying, sitting on the curb over here," D'Alessio said.

"If you hit somebody, you're wrong," Pang said. "You gotta admit it. You run away, you make it worse for yourself."

The Pangs, who are long-time residents of Keolu Drive, say their neighborhood is usually quiet.

"I can't believe it," Raymonde Pang, neighbor, said. "Nothing like that happened before, nope."

Police say they know who the suspect is.

Thirty-nine people have died on Oahu's roads this year. There were also 39 traffic fatalities at this time last year.

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