KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A homicide investigation was launched late Wednesday night after a man – who somehow fell from the H-1 Freeway onto the Nimitz Viaduct below – was hit by a vehicle that then fled the scene of the accident.
Police officials say the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. Family members have identified the victim as 35-year-old Jonathan Pasoquen.
Police say the man was driving a Toyota pickup truck while heading eastbound on the H-1 when he hit a concrete barrier. Police believe he pulled over and got out, possibly to inspect his truck, but then somehow fell off the freeway and landed more than 40 feet below.
Police say Pasoquen was then hit by a vehicle, which took off. He died at the hospital a short time later.
"Coming from the family, we know somebody hit him after but... They might have not known that they hit him. So if somebody can just come forward so we all can have closure, basically that's what we need right now is closure," said Bubu Castillo.
Police are investigating the case as a hit-and-run and say they're looking for a newer model Volkswagen with heavy damage to the undercarriage and possibly to the front end.
"This is so tragic. We don't know what happened. So if anybody knows anything, please let us know. He was a really loving guy and the life of the party. We'll miss him a lot," said Pasoquen's sister, Michelle Rabago.
Pasoquen leaves behind three children. His eldest, Akoni, just learned of his father's death Thursday afternoon.
"Want to thank everyone for all the concern and maybe the prayers and all the thought that was going into me and my family. We are in a tragic time right now," Akoni Pasoquen-Castillo.