After brawl, witnesses saw driver speeding toward them

Driver accused of 'intentionally' plowing through teens seen zigzagging and accelerating toward them
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Alisha Brown (at left)
Alisha Brown (at left)

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Witnesses told police that a violent brawl preceded an "intentional" hit-and-run in Ewa Beach last week, court documents said.

Malik Morton, 20, has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and other counts in connection with the case, which happened just before 3 a.m. on May 17.

One of the teens injured in the hit-and-run -- 18-year-old Aisha Brown -- remains in a coma.

According to the documents, attendees of the Ewa Beach house party allegedly challenged Morton and his friends to a fight.

Morton was seen fighting with several of them on the road. The dispute turned into a large brawl and one of Morton's friends was knocked unconscious near Fort Weaver Road.

Morton was then seen jumping into his car, witnesses said.

The documents say Morton started heading away from the large crowd in his car before making a sharp turn and hitting someone.

He then allegedly reversed and headed back toward a crowd of about 30 to 40 people. As people scrambled, Morton was seen zigzagging and accelerating toward them as several bodies are thrown to the road, the documents said.

When the car hit Brown, she flew through the air like a rag doll.

In court this week, Morton's attorney suggested the 20-year-old was just trying to escape the chaos.

"They said my client and his friends were all being assaulted and they were fleeing when all of this happened so that's obviously a self defense issue that they should be investigating," defense attorney Victor Bakke said.

The car involved in the hit-and run was later found in Whitmore Village.

Morton remains behind bars. He's been indicted on one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder and a single terroristic threatening charge. His bail is set at $1 million.

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