In testimony, victim recalls road rage attack on H-1 Freeway that left 3 injured

Defendant Mark Char listens to testimony during his trial for attempted murder and assault.
Defendant Mark Char listens to testimony during his trial for attempted murder and assault.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Feb. 25, 2019 at 5:46 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The trial of a man accused of attacking three people with a knife along the H-1 Freeway more than two years ago continued on Monday with a second day of testimony.

Defendant Mark Char sat in a wheelchair in the courtroom as one of the men injured in August 2016 took the stand.

Deion Anunciacion, a passenger in a white Nissan driven by Jesther Marlang, told jurors that a red Camaro cut them off and slammed on its brakes.

When the road rage encounter continued, they stopped near the Waikele exit, according to Anunciacion.

Char also pulled over. Anunciacion said after Char pepper sprayed them, Marlang chased the defendant, both wound up on the ground, and Char took out a knife.

“When I reached down to separate them, I end up seeing on my left hand blood squirt out and I was just like, ‘Whoa,’” said Anunciacion.

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Once the men separated, Char drove off with his wife.

Marlang was in critical condition with five stab wounds, including one that damaged his kidney.

“I’m just like, ‘Is everything OK?’ That’s when I see all of the blood from his stomach and I saw the blood from his left hand,” said Anunciacion.

A driver who was passing by also testified. Charles Hauhio said he stopped to help and saw another good Samaritan who was hurt while trying to intervene.

“He was like, ‘Don’t go there. Don’t go down. I just got stabbed.’ He showed me his hand. My thinking was I still trying to go down and help and that’s when the older gentleman came and he’s like, ‘What? You, too? You, too?’” recalled Hauhio.

But under cross examination Hauhio also said that the reason he initially pulled over was because he saw both Marlang and Anunciacion hitting Char.

The defense said Char felt threatened and was just trying to defend himself. He is expected to take the stand on Wednesday when the trial resumes.

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