Search renewed for driver in deadly hit-and-run in Aiea

Kawika De Rego

An Ewa Beach family is still searching for answers nearly two months after a hit-and-run that took the life of a loved one.

On March 8, 25-year-old Kawika De Rego was hit while walking on Kamehameha Hwy. in Aiea. He died a few days later.

De Rego’s mother, Jonelle De Rego-Pogtis, describes De Rego as funny, loving and a character.

She says she’s been coping with the loss by “spending a lot of time with family. It isn’t easy, but family support is there.”

“Now that the family is leaving, reality is starting to kick in,” added De Rego’s grandmother, Theresa.

De Rego was killed by a hit-and-run driver, but out of this tragedy, there is an uplifting story. The young man’s kidneys were donated. Two Hawaii men live on because of De Rego’s gifts.

“I’m happy because he gets to live on, and they get to live on and see their kids grow,” De Rego-Pogtis said.

While the car involved in the crash was found, the driver responsible was never caught. That’s where police could use your help.

“The car was located on Waimano Home Rd. on March 11, so we do know who the (registered owner) is at this time,” said Sgt. Kim Buffett of the Honolulu Police Dept. “What we need is for someone from the public to come out and place a driver behind the wheel.”

It’s a plea echoed by De Rego’s family.

“Please help us, please help us find justice,” De Rego-Pogtis said.

If you have any tips, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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