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Family calls for driver's surrender


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POSTED: Friday, August 28, 2009

Family members of a 68-year-old woman are stunned that a male driver of a van did not stop to help after striking and fatally injuring her last Friday on Fort Weaver Road in Ewa Beach.

“;That's the worst thing,”; said daughter Evelyn Arrocena, who hopes the driver will turn himself in. “;We want justice for my mom. Her death was so unexpected, so sudden.”;

Pelagia Igne, 68, was struck by a light-colored van at about 5:15 a.m. and died after being taken to the Queen's Medical Center. Police are continuing to ask for the public's help in locating the driver, who fled the scene, and the vehicle.

Igne and her husband, Ernesto, arrived in Hawaii from Ilocos Sur, Philippines, in 2001. They lived with her daughter and her family.

Pelagia Igne left the Aikanaka Road home at about 5:10 a.m. and was walking to a bus stop about five minutes away when she was hit.

Igne was on her way to work at Fat Law's Farm near Hawaii Medical Center West. Arrocena said her mother enjoyed working at the farm and the camaraderie with other farmers. She had a lot of friends there, who she said described her as a jolly person who always had a smile on her face.

Igne often sent money to the Philippines to her relatives and helped pay for her nephew's college tuition. She also helped care for Arrocena's two younger children, ages 3 and 4, while she worked.

“;I'm going to miss her so much,”; Arrocena said.

Her parents were married for 43 years.

“;He is really sad,”; said Arrocena of her father.

Igne is also survived by her other daughter, Marilyn Remolacio; brothers Alejandro and Kunos Tangonan; sisters Maria Ilac and Esther Tangonan; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services were to be held at 7 p.m. today at Ewa Beach Baptist Church. Family members plan to bring her back to Ilocos Sur on Tuesday, where she will be buried.