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Suspect in traffic fatality is released from custody

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The SUV that police suspect was used to intentionally strike Keith Jantoc on Wednesday night was found Thursday morning in the parking lot of Public Storage in Pearl City. Motorcycle parts were discovered in the front grille of the vehicle
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Honolulu Police on Saturday released pending further investigation a 40-year-old Kalihi woman who was arrested in connection with Wednesday’s fatal hit-and-run crash on the H-1 freeway.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and contempt after turning herself in at the Hono­lulu Police Department’s main headquarters Thursday night.

The fatal crash occurred at about 10 p.m. Wednesday in the town-bound lanes of the H-1 freeway near the Kunia onramp.

Keith Jantoc, a 25-year-old Mili­lani man who was operating a motorcycle, was taken in critical condition to a hospital and died. Autopsy results are pending.

Police earlier said they were trying to determine whether a sport utility vehicle deliberately struck Jantoc.

After receiving a call Thursday morning about a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot near Oahu Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, police recovered a black Chevy Tahoe with motorcycle parts lodged in its front grille.

A photo of a similar black Chevy Tahoe posted on the suspect’s Facebook page in August has the same license plate as the SUV seized by police.

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