Police have identified the driver of a van that sped off after hitting and running over a teenager who later died. The teenager earlier was assaulted by two men who left him lying on a highway in Garapan.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Jason Tarkong said yesterday that police are now hunting down the driver identified as Woo Hyun Kim, a 31-year-old male, on charges of failure to exercise due care, accidents, failure to file an accident report, and homicide by vehicle.
Superior Court associate judge David Wiseman issued a warrant for the arrest of Kim and imposed a $100,000 cash bail.
Tarkong said DPS acting commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro also confirmed that that on Saturday, Jan. 12, hikers discovered Kim's van-a silver/aluminum 2012 Toyota Sienna with license plate AED-281-abandoned in a secluded area near Obyan Beach.
Police officers followed up on the hikers' tip and recovered the van on Saturday before 2pm at the end of a winding gravel road.
Investigators noticed that the damage on the van was consistent with the accident.
The van was towed to a secured area where crime scene technicians processed it for evidence.
Tarkong said Kim left the island on Jan. 3 or two days after the incident, but returned on Monday, Jan. 14.
Tarkong said police are searching for Kim, who is confirmed to be on island, but has yet to be located.
“Acting commissioner Ogumoro commends the hard work of all investigators and people involved in this case,” Tarkong said.
Investigators from DPS Traffic Section and Thief Apprehension Select Coalition conducted the investigation with the assistance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Investigators said that, on Jan. 1, 2013 at night, the Toyota Sienna van was traveling north on the outer lane when it struck 19-year-old Jefferson Kiauol Keju, dragging him about 50 feet. The van did not stop.
After the van sped away, a Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup truck later ran over the victim. The driver, a 22-year-old Aniceto Ogumoro Jr., stopped and offered assistance to the victim.
Police said shortly before Keju was struck by the two vehicles, two men chased him and assaulted him on the outer-bound lane of Middle Road in front of LJ Market.
An ambulance transported the victim to the Commonwealth Health Center, where he was pronounced dead the following day, Jan. 2.
Police later arrested Herman Fitial, 34, and Felix Kileleman Jr., 19, after investigation showed they were the ones who chased and assaulted the victim.
A detective said Fitial told police that during their argument with Keju, the latter picked up two rocks and threatened he was going to kill him and Kileleman.