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Police investigate fatal pedestrian accident in Waimanalo

Published On: Apr 20 2013 10:44:00 AM HST

Honolulu police are investigating the discovery of a man's body in the middle of a major highway in Waimanalo last night. It's unclear whether the man was a victim of a hit-and-run or something else.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii -

An overnight fatality on Oahu's windward side has Honolulu police investigating what may be a hit-and-run.

“I couldn’t understand what happened to him because a person like him, he has such a big heart,” said a family friend who asked not to be identified.

The Waimanalo family that took Marc Bucho into its home said he was a man who read the Bible, and wanted to start a business to help the homeless.  The family members had no idea what happened Friday night.

“We told each other, ‘we’ll see you later,’” said the family friend about the last words spoken to Bucho Friday morning.

“He’d say that and we always see him. But that’s the last time I seen him.”

Bucho, 41, was apparently walking home along Kalanianaole around 8 p.m. Friday when a motorist found his body on the highway near Hilu Street, bleeding from the head, and flagged down police officers.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.  It all happened in front of Lucy Kaio’s home.

“I heard a loud noise. It was like when you hit an object,” said Kaio. “His personal belongings were still on the road and everything. It was really so sad.”

Honolulu police said it’s possible that Bucho didn’t die from being hit by a car. They said his injuries were inconsistent with a car crash. Traffic investigators are working with homicide detectives on this case.

Bucho was 42 years old. He moved from Alaska and lived in Waimanalo for the last six years. He worked in construction although hadn't been working for about a year due to illness, but the family members who welcomed him said he always took good care of them.

“I had surgery on my heart and he made sure I take my pills on time and do not overdose,” said the family friend.

An autopsy will be performed on Monday. If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call police.

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