Hit-and-run crash kills man on Kahekili Highway

Published On: Jun 02 2012 05:46:00 PM HST
KANEOHE, Hawaii -

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a Kaneohe man early Saturday morning on Kahekili Highway.

Investigators with the Honolulu Police Department say the man was crossing the highway at 2:15 a.m. Saturday when he was hit 25 feet south of Ahuimanu Place.

Police believe the vehicle that struck the man was traveling southbound on Kahekili Highway, which has a speed limit of 35 mph.

"The victim was pronounced dead at the scene," said Lt. Bobby Towne of HPD's Traffic Division. "At this point, we are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the collision to give us a call."

Relatives identified the victim as 30-year-old Matthew Fragas of Alawiki Street.

The victim's father said Fragas had argued with his wife, and walked away from the couple's home to "blow off steam."  A few minutes later, he was dead on the roadway, about one-tenth of a mile from his home.

"I don't know how you can have no conscience like that and just drive off," Mark Fragas said of the driver.

Relatives said two women who live in the area spotted Fragas' body on the roadway and pulled over to help.  They used their car to shield the victim from oncoming traffic, as one of them performed CPR.

Fragas, a 2000 Castle High School Graduate, joined the Air Force Reserves in 2002.  He was assigned to the 624th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base, where he worked as a firefighter within one of the unit's fire protection groups.

Fragas had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the military.

He is survived by his wife Nola, and his two sons, Zane, 8, and Duke, 5.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call HPD's Traffic Division at 529-3499.


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