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Bail is reduced for defendant in hit-and-run case

A state judge has reduced the bail for one of two defendants charged in connection with the hit-and-run death earlier this month of a man on Kahekili Highway.

Matthew Fragas died June 2 after a vehicle struck him on the highway near Ahuimanu Place.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment today charging Mark K. Salangdron with being the driver of the vehicle that struck Fragas and leaving the scene of the fatal collision. Salangdron is also charged with extortion for allegedly preventing a witness to the collision from reporting the incident to police.

The indictment also charges Elijah Kawai-Aweau with hindering prosecution.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins kept Salangdron’s bail at $250,000 but reduced the bail for Kawai-Aweau to $50,000 from $150,000 noting that the hindering prosecution charge is a class C felony punishable by a maximum five years in prison and $10,000 fine.

Deputy City Prosecutor Vickie Kapp said the state was asking for a high bail for Kawai-Aweau because he and Salangdron had threatened a witness.

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