Victim's Wife Renews Plea for Witnesses as Police Investigation Stalls

Suzanne Jackson
Suzanne Jackson
John Jackson
John Jackson

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Honolulu police are having difficulty solving hit-and-run traffic cases in recent months. They say they haven't been able to close any of the seven felony cases this year.

The wife of a military man killed in a hit-and-run near the Honolulu International Airport seven months ago is still searching for closure.

We first met an inconsolable Suzanne Jackson last November, shortly after the hit-and-run crash that injured her and her 18-year-old son.

Her husband of four years, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Jackson, was killed.

"I just want to know why and how somebody could just leave us there," Suzanne Jackson said through tears on November 15, 2007.

Seven months later, her grief and frustration remain strong.

"I don't know how guilt, guilty they feel," she said Thursday. "But obviously, they don't feel too much because they haven't come forward."

A van plowed into the Jacksons as they prepared to tow a motorcycle. It happened under the airport viaduct.

"My son and my husband only had to put two pins in to secure the lights," Suzanne Jackson recalled.

The van's male driver and female passenger ran from the scene.

"The nightmare of being torn apart because your son is across the street screaming his head off, and you have to decide which one to be with," Suzanne Jackson said.

Police say they have the gold-colored van, but the owner won't say who was driving it that night.

"We've done our part to the fullest," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said. "And the investigation is at a dead end right now."

Gripping her husband's wedding ring, Suzanne Jackson renews her plea for witnesses to come forward.

"Any little clue, it might help unlock and unravel this whole case and give us some peace," she said.

Police say they're drafting legislation that would hold registered owners accountable for certain incidents involving their vehicles, whether they're driving or not.