‘How could you just leave her to die?’ Family of a hit-and-run victim left in heartache

‘How could you just leave her to die?’ Family of a hit-and-run victim left in heartache

MAKAKILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police continue their search for the suspected driver in a deadly hit-and-run in Makakilo Wednesday night.

Police say a truck struck and killed 39-year-old Puanani Borreta right outside of her Makakilo home.

It happened at around 6:50 p.m. According to police, Borreta was crossing Makakilo Drive, south of Palailai Street, when she was hit.

Borreta was not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident, authorities said. She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.

“I had two people said they saw the person hit my sister, and had no morals to stop, to check up on her, to see if she’s OK. I know you’re wrong, but you should’ve stopped,” Boretta’s sister, Kuulei Espiritu said.

Espiritu says the accident is the latest in a string of tragedies for the family.

Just two weeks prior to the accident, their grandfather passed away.

Espiritu was Boretta’s caretaker and says Boretta developed schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder after surviving another another crash back in 1994.

This is the 46th traffic death on Oahu this year compared to 56 in 2018.

“I’ve witnessed a lot of accidents the years I’ve been here. Pedestrian accidents, car accidents -- people don’t even want to slow down coming off the freeway,” Espiritu said.

Witnesses described the truck as dark in color. The truck is also described as having white letterings and utility compartments on the side.

“I want you to turn yourself over, because we need justice for me and my family. We need to know why, why didn’t you stop. Why didn’t you help her? How could you just leave her to die?” Espiritu said. “Do the right thing, turn yourself in.”

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

This happened just a day after a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian on Maui. Police have not yet located the vehicle involved in that incident.

This story will be updated.

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