Family, friends identify apparent victim of Waimanalo hit-and-run

Fatal Waimanalo Crash
Fatal Waimanalo Crash

Police have opened up a negligent homicide investigation, after a man was hit and left to die on the side of the road.

But this may not have been an accident. Police are looking into some suspicious evidence.

It happened just after 8:00 Friday night, along Kalanianaole Highway in Waimanalo.

A neighbor living on the corner of the highway heard the impact, and ran out to find the man lying on the shoulder of the highway near Hilu street.

Police shut down this section of Kalanianaole Highway last night, looking for clues of who killed this man.

“Upon examining the body, with the medical investigator, determined the injuries appeared suspicious in nature of being a pedestrian,” said Lt. Bobby Towne, of Honolulu Police Department’s Traffic Division.

Suspicious because the man suffered extensive injuries to his head but there were no visible injuries or impact to the rest of his body.

“The homicide detail was called out and currently we’re working together on this investigation,” said Towne.

The man has been identified by friends and family as 42 year-old Mark Bucho.

He recently moved back to Waimanalo and lived with an elderly couple, who didn’t want to be identified.

“He helped our family alot, he lived with us, helped repair the property, helped take care of me,” he says.

He says the two of them walked along the highway together almost every day to catch the bus to Waimanalo beach..the place where he believes Bucho was last night before he got hit.

“Feel empty, sad, and shocked,” he continues.

A cousin was brought to his knees while visiting the crash scene.

“Regret, I should’ve stayed with him and kept trying,” said Robert McPeak, the victim’s cousin.

He said the two of them were like brothers, but recently had a falling out over financial issues.

“I was close to him and wanted to get away from a lot of things going on in my life too, we could relate with each other,” says McPeak.

Now all that was left here of his cousin, was a cross pendant and more unanswered questions as police look into who killed Bucho and how this happened.

“We have some witnesses that gave us information but if there are any other witnesses we’re asking that they call us at the traffic division,” says Towne.

“What we can do now, its absolutely important for justice, but it aint gonna take away hurt or pain,” says McPeak.

Bucho leaves behind a teenage daughter, who lives in Alaska.

An autopsy is being done which will provide more insight on the nature of his head injuries and if they are consistent with a hit and run.

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