Father of hit & run victim makes tearful plea - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Father of hit & run victim makes tearful plea

Francis Reyes Francis Reyes
Lawrence Reyes Lawrence Reyes

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAIANAE (KHNL) - Two days after a Leeward Oahu crash landed a bicyclist in the hospital, there's still no sign of the driver responsible.

It happened Saturday night close to midnight on Plantation Road in Waianae. Investigators say the victim described the suspect's car as a red four-door station wagon.

Police say so far this year, there have been 18 cases in which a driver involved in a serious crash failed to stick around and provide aid. Four of the drivers, including the one from Saturday night, are still on the loose.

Francis Reyes, 71, prepares his bottles and cans for recycling. But his mind is on his son, who remains at the Queen's Medical Center.

"Oh, I hope he not really hurt," Reyes said.

Lawrence Reyes has facial fractures and other injuries. Investigators say the driver of a car failed to negotiate a turn on Plantation Road and hit the victim, who was riding his bicycle on the shoulder.

"The person struck him about four or five feet away from the bridge and tossed him 20 to 25 feet from where the initial impact was," Rae Reyes, victim's sister-in-law, said. "And then his bike flew another five to 10 feet."

The driver didn't stop to help the injured 44-year-old.

"It's never a good thing, regardless on how old the person is, to just leave them on the side of the road," Rae Reyes said.

"I would say something (to the driver)," the victim's father said through tears. "You know, how would you like if somebody else bang his kids riding on a bike?"

The hit-and-run is another emotional blow for Francis Reyes, who's still reeling from the death of his beloved wife in August 2007.

"We lost my wife just one year," he said through tears.

He and his daughter-in-law hope the driver will be caught soon.

"If they do happen to catch him, I hope they really punish him," Francis Reyes said.

"It'll come back, though, because no matter how devious or conniving or ruthless you can be, you still have a conscience," Rae Reyes said. "And it will always weigh back in your head."

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