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Victim in deadly hit-and-run crash on H-1 identified

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Freeway lanes reopen following fatal H-1 motorcycle crash Freeway lanes reopen following fatal H-1 motorcycle crash
Possible suspect vehicle located in Public Storage parking lot Possible suspect vehicle located in Public Storage parking lot
Possible suspect vehicle located in Public Storage parking lot Possible suspect vehicle located in Public Storage parking lot
WAIKELE (HawaiiNewsNow) -

[Update 4/17/15]

Honolulu police have arrested a 40-year-old woman in connection with Wednesday night's hit-and-run incident. Police said Kalihi resident Chantel Andrade turned herself in at the HPD headquarters on Beretania Street at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police records indicate that she's being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and a contempt misdemeanor.

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Antoni Garibaldi said around 11 p.m. Wednesday he was sleeping in his car in the Public Storage parking lot on Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City.

He woke up when a black Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up and parked two stalls down. He said two women got out from the front and a man got out from the back.

"They were standing in the front looking at the damage. But I didn't know what they were doing at the time until I got up and saw the damage," he said.

Police believe the SUV is the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run with a motorcycle near the Waikele off-ramp of the H1. 

Several hours after the accident, police located a black Chevy Tahoe, believed to be used by the suspect, in the Public Storage parking lot on Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City.

The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the motorcyclist as 25-year-old Keith Jantoc, who died at the hospital.

Sources told Hawaii News Now, Jantoc, who was on a blue 2007 Suzuki motorcycle, was allegedly hit from behind by an SUV.

The accident was first investigated as negligent homicide but quickly turned to a second degree murder case because of witness information.Wayne Hu saw the abandoned SUV around 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

"It was still leaking coolant and the front end was all smashed," he said.

He knew about the motorcycle accident and called police.

"It's kind of unfortunate, you know. Guy gets killed and nobody's around to take credit for it. At least stand up. Do something about it," Hu said.

Garibaldi got suspicious when he woke up again at 2 a.m. and the Chevy Tahoe was still there.

"It was dark at that time," he said. "The lights were turned off over here, so I think they were just trying to get rid of it in a dark area and walk off, hoping that no description was made of them."

Jantoc was 25 years old and worked as a Volvo mechanic.

"Somebody hit somebody, leaves the car here, and they don't even stop to render aid. What is the world coming to?" Hu said.

Jantoc's death is the eighteenth traffic-related fatality this year.

Lanes of the H-1 Freeway in the west-bound direction near Waikele were closed until 4 a.m. on Thursday while authorities investigated the accident. The closure backed up traffic early Thursday morning, but HPD officials reopened lanes at around 4:15 a.m. Police then shut down lanes temporarily at around 9:45 a.m. for a further investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.

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