Family seeks answers after freeway fall, hit-and-run lead to man’s death


Honolulu police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run that occurred at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, a 35-year-old Wahiawa man was traveling eastbound on the H-1 Freeway when his vehicle crashed into a traffic barrier.

His truck then moved toward the shoulder area, where the injured man got out, and somehow went over the concrete guardrail.

He plunged 40 feet onto N. Nimitz Highway, about a half-mile west of the eastbound freeway on-ramp.

Police say as he lay on the ground, he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

Family members identified him as Jonathan Pasoquen and say have questions about what led to his death.

“I cannot believe it. I was waiting for the call and I was thinking maybe he just got hurt and we are going to see him later,” said his father, Michael Pasoquen.

Pasoquen was a Leilehua graduate and a proud father of three children, ages 19, 7, and 4.

His ex-wife, Bubu Castillo, described him as “outgoing, everybody’s friend, a person everybody called on when they need something.”

“People like to hang with him when he came, because he was real lively,” said Michael Pasoquen.

The damage to the truck Pasoquen was driving shows the impact of the crash. The windshield on the driver’s side was smashed from the inside.

Daylight reveals the damaged freeway divider Pasoquen crashed into and flowers placed at the crash site.

Police say the vehicle has not been identified and has yet to be located. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call HPD’s Traffic Division at 723-3413.

“Maybe the guy that hit him didn’t know or maybe he thought was rubbish or something, ran over, didn’t think about stopping,” said Michael Pasoquen. “Maybe after he sees this, maybe he realized somebody did get injured and died from it.”

“Everybody is hurting,” said Castillo. “We just want peace for the Pasoquen family, for our kids.”

It is unknown if speed or alcohol were factors in either crash.

This is the second traffic fatality of 2018.

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