'She left him there': Driver indicted in fatal hit-and-run

Grand jury indicts driver in fatal hit-and-run crash
Published: Mar. 30, 2017 at 1:46 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 30, 2017 at 12:18 PM HST
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NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu grand jury has indicted an Ewa Beach woman in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Nanakuli man in April 2016.

Myisha Lee Armitage faces charges of first-degree negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

The indictment said Armitage was the driver of the car that struck and killed Kaulana Werner, 19, as he crossed Farrington Highway fronting his home.

"It's ... I guess one of the worst years of my life," said Werner's father, Ed Werner, as he sat by the roadside memorial near the spot where his son was killed.

Werner's family had been patiently waiting for the indictment, but it also brought back painful memories of that night.

"I cannot, you know, tell you how bad I felt, but it hurts. It hurts me every day," said Ed Werner.

Kaulana Werner was a former Kamehameha football player.

It's a pain that makes it hard for the family to find any forgiveness for the woman police say took Werner's life.

"She left him here," said Ed Werner. "I came out and I found him. And that's what I live with every day."

"In my opinion, if she was sorry, she would have stayed that night and rendered aid, but she didn't," said Aina Bajet, Werner's godmother.

Werner's family still maintains the memorial, just across the street from the home where he grew up. While it has been a long and sometimes frustrating wait for the indictment, family members said they will remain patient for what's ahead.

"I'm gonna make sure -- we're gonna make sure -- that we dedicate every ounce left in us to seeking justice," said Bajet.

"I just want justice," said Ed Werner. "And hopefully, justice can be served."

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