Suspected driver in deadly Makakilo hit-and-run turns himself in

Suspected driver in deadly Makakilo hit-and-run turns himself in
Police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash in Makakilo. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -A 55-year-old man turned himself in to police Sunday morning in connection to a hit-and-run that left a Makakilo woman dead.

The suspect was identified as 55-year-old Nelson D. Hagmoc. He turned himself in to the Kapolei Police Station around 10:15 a.m. where he was subsequently arrested on a count of causing a deadly accident.

Police also recovered a black Ford utility van.

“I feel relief but I also feel I got justice for my sister,” the victim’s sister Kuulei Espiritu said. “It’s hard right now, but I feel that my sister wants me to send out a message to the world: They need to learn to slow down and be cautious on the road. Be very cautious.”

The crash, which happened around 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, killed 39-year-old Puanani Borreta.

Borreta was crossing Makakilo Drive, just south of Palailai Street when she was hit. Police said she was not in a marked crosswalk at the time.

Puanani Borreta, 39, was killed in the crash. Her family was left in heartbreak and shock over the tragedy.
Puanani Borreta, 39, was killed in the crash. Her family was left in heartbreak and shock over the tragedy. (Source: Family)

Hawaii News Now first spoke to Espiritu on Friday when she made an emotional plea for the driver to come forward.

This was the 46th traffic fatality this year compared to 56 in 2018.

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