Parents of hit & run victim seek justice

Staff Sgt. David Aldridge
Staff Sgt. David Aldridge
Susanne Aldridge
Susanne Aldridge

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (KHNL) - A military family is still searching for answers, a week after a deadly hit-and-run crash in Wahiawa.

The parents of the young victim hope you can help bring justice in the case.

An Army family is emotionally wounded after the sudden death of a loved one.

"It's been very empty with him not there," Staff Sgt. David Aldridge, victim's father, said.

David Aldridge II, 18, was riding his bicycle home from work last Tuesday, when a vehicle, possibly a red flatbed truck, veered onto the shoulder near Dole Plantation and crashed into him.

"This is just impossible," Susanne Aldridge, victim's mother, said. "And then you realize that it's true and you don't even know like how to go on."

The driver kept going, leaving the injured young man behind.

"My son was brain dead upon impact," Sgt. Aldridge said. "They couldn't have helped save his life, but there could have been closure. 'I apologize that this happened' or something to me, you know, not just leave him out there like they did."

Staff Sgt. David Aldridge says his son loved riding his bike.

"He would be proud of the times he would make it back and forth to Schofield," the grieving father recalled. "He would be like, 'Dad, I made it under a half an hour.'"

Described as charismatic, the recent Leilehua High graduate talked about attending college and becoming an entrepreneur.

"He really enjoyed WWE wrestling," Sgt. Aldridge said. "And he wanted to be the next (WWE chairman Vince) McMahon, going around state to state putting on shows for people."

But his family is left wrestling with the idea that the hit-and-run driver is still out there.

"This person killed my son," Susanne Aldridge said. "And just to know, you know, bring him to justice for what he did."

A memorial service will be held at the Schofield Barracks chapel Tuesday evening. The burial will take place in Indiana.

If you have any information about this case, call Honolulu police.