Prosecutors still at work on case against suspect in fatal hit-and-run


POSTED: Sunday, March 28, 2010

QUESTION: What ever happened to the man who was arrested almost two years ago in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of David Wayne Aldridge II?

ANSWER: The case is under review at this time, according to spokesman Jim Fulton of the city Prosecutor's Office.

In the early morning hours of July 22, 2008, Aldridge, 18, was struck by a vehicle on Kamehameha Highway fronting the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa. The vehicle fled the scene. Aldridge was heading home to Helemano Military Reservation on his bicycle on Kamehameha Highway after finishing work at Burger King at Schofield Barracks when he was hit.

He died hours later at the Queen's Medical Center. Aldridge's father, Army Staff Sgt. David Wayne Aldridge, asked for the public's help to locate the driver. A few days later, police arrested Arnel Ulep Abuluyan at his Waialua home on suspicion of negligent homicide and failure to render aid.

Police received a tip on the case that led to his arrest. On the day of the arrest, Aldridge, a graduate of Leilehua High School, was buried in his hometown of Jefferson, Ind.


Police also seized a white 2006 GMC Savana van from an auto body shop in Waipio in connection with the case. Damage on the vehicle was consistent with the hit-and-run, police said.

Police had initially asked for the public's help to locate a red flatbed truck. Law enforcement said earlier witness accounts might have been affected by conditions surrounding the hit-and-run scene.

Abuluyan was released pending further investigation. Traffic fatality cases can take months or longer to complete.

Meanwhile, Aldridge's family members continue to cope with his death. “;It's a never-ending nightmare until we get some closure,”; said Aldridge's father.

Not knowing the details of what actually took place is grueling, he added. “;Right now I can only speculate and have bad dreams of what went on,”; he said.

Aldridge's father is adamant about staying in Hawaii until he and his family get closure. “;We're just waiting and waiting and waiting,”; he said.