HPD investigating attempted murder cases after critical crash in Ewa Beach

HPD investigating attempted murder cases after critical crash in Ewa Beach 10PM Update
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EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An attempted murder investigation is underway, as police continue searching for the driver who plowed through a crowd of teens just before 3:00 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Fort Weaver and Ewa Beach Roads.

"He made three attempts to hit the kids, but on the second pass he was like a bowling ball hitting pins. I just seen kids flying up in the air. The girl caught the brunt of it. The guy hit her straight on and I saw her tumble up in the air," described Danny Rivera.

Alisha Brown, 18, is in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center. Ryan Ilar, 17, was rushed to Queen's West in serious condition but was later released.

Ilar says he is lucky to be alive.

"I felt myself in the air like I was flying and then I fell on my side I guess...and then I seen the girl on the ground and my friend is just holding her and he's crying and everybody is just crying," Ilar said.

Brown's mother says her daughter graduated Summa Cum Laude from James Campbell High School in 2015. She is currently attending Chaminade University, studying criminology and striving to go law school.

The teens were reportedly partying at a Ewa Beach home off Aekai Place when a fight broke out and spilled onto the street.

Neighbors were awakened by the sound of kids screaming from the roadway.

"I saw a bunch of kids in the street fighting in the middle of the road and then out of nowhere I seen this car intentionally run through the crowd of kids," said Rivera.

"It was chaotic. I mean everyone was screaming, crying. He knew what he was doing. It was obvious. Kids were running here and there. He was going for them," described Noelani Lopez.

"When he hit her -- on impact she flew up in the air. It was like a rag doll just tossed up in the air. The height that she went up, I was so shocked I didn't know what to do. I was stunned," explained Roddy Lopez.

"It looked like a video game to me. I froze, it was like -- is this really happening? I saw kids just flipping, getting off the road -- and the girl was the only one who never got up," said a teen who lives nearby and knew several of the people involved.

Brown's boyfriend reportedly cradled her in his lap while crying and waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

"It seems like I watched her catch her last breath. She kept crying saying, 'I can't move'," said Lopez.

"Just seeing her laying on the ground. It was scary. Everyone was just screaming. It was horrifying," Lopez described.

According to teens on the scene, the male suspect was driving a silver-colored Chevy sedan. He and few friends were reportedly at a party in Barbers Point -- but had offered to give two girls they just met from Ewa Beach a ride home, and instead stopped at the gathering off Fort Weaver Road.

"The guys throwing the party were telling them that they got to leave -- and then they were arguing about it down the road. The fight just broke out right there. Everything happened so fast," described one teen.

"What we know is the suspect was involved in this argument and fight - he had left the scene and then returned," said Lt. Philip Lavarias, a Honolulu Police Detective with the Criminal Investigation Division.

Eyewitnesses say the car sped away with significant front-end damage -- along with a shattered windshield and dented driver side door.

"Anybody who knows where this vehicle might be or the suspect in this particular case, give us a call," said Lt. Lavarias.

Neighbors say the man who owns the home where the party started had recently evicted the occupants. It's unclear whether he's aware a party took place here last night.

Eyewitnesses say they'll be praying for all the teens involved and are hopeful the driver responsible will be apprehended soon.

"He intentionally tried to run down kids. You don't know what else he'd be capable of doing. We need to catch that guy," said Rivera.

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