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Man accused of deadly hit & run already awaiting trial for drug, weapons charges

Owen Fujihara Owen Fujihara
Micah Borengasser Micah Borengasser
Warren Borengasser Warren Borengasser

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

ENCHANTED LAKE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man accused of fleeing the scene after running over a teen with his SUV in Enchanted Lake over the weekend surrendered to police Tuesday night.

The deadly incident isn't the only case that Owen Fujihara, Jr. is facing. Honolulu prosecutors say he's awaiting trial on drug and weapons charges.

Therese Fujihara says her son's drug trial is scheduled to begin September 20th, the same day funeral services will be held for Saturday's crash victim.

Micah Borengasser's parents gathered at the roadside memorial marking the spot where the 19-year-old was run over and killed during a dispute.

Three days after the incident, the suspected hit-and-run driver, Owen Fujihara, Jr., 33, turned himself in to police. His mother, who fears for her family's safety, calls it an unfortunate accident.

"My deepest sympathy for them," Therese Fujihara, suspect's mother, said. "My heart goes out to them. I hope they can heal."

She says her son was on Keolu Drive Saturday night because a female friend had called him from a party and asked him to pick her up.

Investigators say Borengasser walked up to Owen Fujihara's SUV, got into an argument with him, and started punching him through the window.

Borengasser's family says the teen was trying to protect the woman.

"Help her from what?" Therese Fujihara asked. "She called him. My son wasn't hurting her or nothing. He was giving her a ride."

"Why you waited three days to turn yourself in if you're claiming that my son was the instigator to all of this?" Warren Borengasser, crash victim's father, asked. "It doesn't make any sense."

"My son is a good person, too," the suspect's mother said. "He's not going to sit there and let some big dude punch him out."

Owen Fujihara's alleged involvement in the deadly confrontation happened while he was free on $11,000 bail in a drug and weapons case.

Prosecutors say police found cocaine, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and butterfly knives during a raid on Fujihara's home in June. He's set to go to trial in two weeks.

"I really, really want the judicial system to make sure that this never happens again," Warren Borengasser said. "Personally, I think criminals have too much rights."

Therese Fujihara says her son is fighting the drug and weapons allegations.

Meanwhile, Warren Borengasser is sporting a new tattoo -- his son's name across his back.

"Because he always, in life, he always had my back, always," he said. "I love him."

Owen Fujihara was booked on suspicion of failure to render aid, a class B felony, and third-degree negligent homicide, a misdemeanor. He remains in custody at HPD's main cellblock.

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