Driver accused of plowing into group of teens turns himself in

Driver who's accused of plowing into group of teens turns himself in
Malik Morton (Image: 2013 Leilehua yearbook)
Malik Morton (Image: 2013 Leilehua yearbook)
Sgt. Kim Buffett (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Sgt. Kim Buffett (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The driver of a vehicle who's accused of plowing through a group of teens Tuesday, critically injuring an 18-year-old woman, has turned himself in.

The 20-year-old, Malik Morton, turned himself in at the Alapai police station Thursday afternoon, and was arrested on two counts of second-degree attempted murder. His lawyer says his client is innocent.

"I can't really get into the details of the discussion, but I can tell you my client is absolutely not guilty of this offense. They're charging him with two count of attempted murder which is ridiculous," defense attorney Victor Bakke said.

Bakke insists Morton is not responsible for the crash, but says his client had to turn himself in because he was getting death threats. Bakke wouldn't answer why he says his client is innocent.

Alisha Brown, 18, was critically injured in the incident, which happened early Tuesday outside a party in Ewa Beach. Several others were also injured.

"His attorney can say what he wants. He can say that he's innocent or that he didn't mean to do it or whatever the case may be, but you can't justify the fact that he ran an 18-year-old over," Brown's friend, Daysha Madriaga, said.

Police and witnesses said the driver of the vehicle intentionally drove through the group of teens, after leaving the party following an argument. Brown was thrown into the air by the impact.

"She didn't deserve this. She's fighting for something that she shouldn't be for," Madriaga said.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the vehicle Morton was driving. It's described as a silver 2015 four-door Hyundai sedan, with the Hawaii license plate SPR609.

"We do believe it may be in the Wahiawa area so we're asking the community out there to be aware if anybody knows anything...this is also closure to the families and victims in this case," Sgt. Kim Buffett said.

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or text *CRIME on a smart phone.

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