Families of 2 men fatally struck by driver who fled: 'Why not render aid?'

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MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two heartbroken West Oahu families are begging a hit-and-run driver to come forward.

The hit-and-run happened about 7:40 p.m. Monday on Farrington Highway in an area where there are no street lights to illuminate the road.

Witnesses say a Volkswagen Passat plowed into the two men, who were changing a tire on the side of the roadway.

Jonah Ragsdale, 21, of Maili, was pronounced dead at the scene. Daniel Mole, 23, of Nanakuli, died at the hospital.

"We all need to hold ourselves accountable to our actions, the one main question that I have is: Why not render aid?" said Mole's father, Richard. "I understand that accidents occur and I know this wasn't done deliberately — cause who in their right mind would do something like that — but at least stop and render aid."

Mole said his son was at home Monday night when Ragsdale called, saying his truck had a flat tire. Mole went to help.

The two were struck not long afterwards while changing the flat.

The driver of the vehicle continued town-bound with heavy damage to the front of the vehicle.

Witness Shannon Medeiros told Hawaii News Now she saw the white sedan leaving the scene.

"Speeding with a flat tire and you could tell it was flat because it was making big noise and there were sparks coming out," she said.

Medeiros added that she saw at least two people in the car.

But 30 minutes later, on Lahilahi Street, police found the vehicle with one person inside: A 21-year old Nanakuli woman asleep in the backseat.

She is the registered owner of the car and a search shows she has multiple, previous traffic violations, including a DUI arrest that was dismissed.

The woman was detained for several hours then released. The driver has not been identified.

HPD Lt. Ben Moszkowicz said the area where the crash happened isn't well lit or well-traveled.

"Occasionally, we do have people on the side of the road changing tires," he said.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Honolulu police.

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