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Mark Salangdron wiped away tears as he apologized to the family of Matthew Fragas after the hit-and-run accident in June of 2012.
“I am sorry to your sons who will never know what a great man their father was. I’m sorry to Matthew’s entire family, extended family, and friends,” Salangdron said.
He wasn’t the only Salangdron to apologize.
“My family and I are sorry to Matthew and the family, who are here today. We know what it is like firsthand,” said Kim Salangdron, Mark’s sister.
The Salangdron ohana has been through an eerily similar tragedy. In Feb. 2004, Mariano Salangdron was killed in a fiery early morning crash along the H-1 Freeway. The elder Salangdron was working on getting the zipperlane opened in the early morning hours when his truck was crashed into by racing cars.
Salangdron asked the Fragas family for forgiveness.
“I hope one day you can forgive me for my actions. I cannot say enough, but I truly am sorry,” Salangdron said.
“I just want some kind of justice done. I just feel in my heart that they’re going to do it again. And they don’t have the right to threaten anybody, or just leave Matt there to die,” Fragas’ mother-in-law Bonnie Nishiyama said.
Besides hitting Fragas, Salangdron and his passenger Elijah Kawai-Aweau threatened witnesses not to say anything.
Judge Michael Wilson handed down a 10-year prison term for Salangdron for failure to render aid and a 10-month prison term for Kawai-Aweau, with the Hawaii Paroling Authority to set the minimum time to be served before asking for parole.
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