Friends mourn Mililani man killed in Waipahu accident
WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Friends and family converged at a sidewalk memorial on the curve in the road where a vehicle struck Orlando Vallejo Jr. early Saturday morning. He was standing on the driver's side of his friend's white Mazda protege.
"We heard somebody yell in the background, "Look out!" He looked up and he tried to move out of the way, but he didn't move fast enough," Tyffani Okamura-Gascon said.
Vallejo was fatally injured and died in the hospital. He was on Kupuna Loop in Village Park at 12:45 a.m. to meet friends to go bowling. They're trying to make sense of a senseless death.
"If he had maybe just stayed in his car just a few minutes longer he would have probably lived," Cathy Dagulo said, fighting back tears.
Vallejo's sister, Emily, said he was a good big brother. A kind person, whose kindness extended to the man who ran him over. Witnesses say he asked Orlando for forgiveness as he lay in the street.
"The neighbor over there said that my brother forgave him, even though it just happened," Emily Vallejo said.
Police arrested 20-year-old Bryson T. Oshiro of Honolulu. He is charged with first degree negligent homicide. Cops said speed and alcohol may be involved.
"Don't drink and drive," Vallejo's girlfriend Tiffany Lam said. "You think it won't happen to you but it could."
Vallejo graduated from Youth Challenge. He studied at Leeward Community College. He planned on a military career.
"I'm very upset because he's still young. He didn't deserve to die at all," friend Liana Ang said.
The speed limit on Kupuna Loop is 25 mph, but residents said speeding at night has been an ongoing problem.
"Even though we are sleeping we can hear the cars," Jun Galinato said. "They try to speed up here, then after about two or three minutes they come back."
On Tuesday, Vallejo's relatives and friends wrote on a cross words that are hard to say out loud.
"That he'll always be the little junior that I babysat for, and that we'll miss him," Dagulo said.
Surrounding the cross were items associated with Vallejo's life: his cap and shirt, cans of his favorite energy drink, and packs of cigarettes. Okamura-Gascon said he was trying to stop smoking. Vallejo was 18 years old.
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