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Man Questioned in Kunia Fatal Crash

KHNL News 8 reporter Minna Sugimoto tries to contact John Szemkow, who was questioned in connection with a Kunia Rd. fatal accident. KHNL News 8 reporter Minna Sugimoto tries to contact John Szemkow, who was questioned in connection with a Kunia Rd. fatal accident.

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - The man accused of causing a traffic crash that killed four farm workers is in seclusion. But his neighbors are speaking out, saying it bothers them that it took the suspect more than a week to turn himself in.

The peacefulness is disrupted by our knocks on the door. We try to offer the man who lives here a chance to share his story. After all, police say he's the driver who left a trail of destruction, a crash that killed four farmers and injured eight others.

"I don't know how he could just leave the scene without feeling anything because, I mean, knowing that you caused an accident, most people would stop," the suspect's neighbor said.

On Thursday, 10 days after the collision, officers arrested 46-year-old John Szemkow, a resident of this quiet Kapolei neighborhood.

"Out of all people, somebody that lives so close by," the neighbor said. "It's kind of scary because I just could never think it could be him."

Investigators believe the suspect was passing cars in a no-passing zone, and caused a pickup filled with farm workers to swerve into a cement truck.

Court records show the Army civilian worker has no prior traffic violations.

Szemkow's attorney said, "My client went to the police station because they asked that he be booked and released. He did that. He has not been charged. This is pretty routine when police conduct an investigation."

"A week went by. I mean, that's way too long for somebody to take," the suspect's neighbor said. "He should have been there. He shouldn't even have fled off."

Szemkow was booked on suspicion of eight felony counts. Again, the case remains under investigation.

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