Friends of pedestrian killed in hit and run urge driver to come forward

Charo Feliciano
Charo Feliciano

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) - People at an apartment complex in Aiea are urging the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian this month to come forward. The victim was a beloved resident there.

More than a week after the deadly crash near Pearlridge Center, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office has positively identified the victim as Margaret Gordon.

Folks at the Pepper Tree apartment complex say the 83-year-old was healthy and enjoyed walking. Her unit remains undisturbed, 10 days after her unexpected death.

"She has a good heart," Charo Feliciano, apartment manager, said. "She's been here for quite a while."

Gordon was walking on Kaonohi Street February 7th, when a car plowed into her. Investigators say she wasn't in a crosswalk.

The driver did not stop to help.

Feliciano's heart sank when she got a call from the victim's niece.

"She told me that, you know, that she was hit by a car. It's a hit and run," Feliciano recalled. "And I said, 'How is she?' She said, 'Charo, sorry.'"

"When I heard that, I couldn't help it," she continued. "I was in tears."

The crash happened at 2:20 in the morning. Feliciano says being out that early was part of her daily routine.

"Mrs. Gordon walks every day," she said. "I guess it's two o'clock. It could be two, three o'clock or four o'clock. She goes to Safeway, the one in Waimalu, every single day."

Staff members at the complex fondly recall how she would always offer them ice cream.

"Whenever I will bring some, you know, incoming mail to her, she will just ask me if I wanted to have some Haagen Daz," Feliciano said. "That's her favorite."

A witness told police the hit-and-run vehicle may have been a white Cadillac with a spare tire built into the truck lid.

"I just hope that someone will come forward because it's just the right thing to do," Feliciano said.

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