Inmate dies after getting struck by car moments after breaking out of Hawaiian prison

Inmate dies after getting struck by car moments after breaking out of Hawaiian prison


The sweet taste of freedom was short-lived for a Hawaiian fugitive who has now died after being struck by a car just moments after he escaped from prison.

Around 1 a.m. last Friday, 33-year-old Matthew J. Ornellas Jr., an inmate serving time at Kaua’i Community Correctional Center for a class C drug felony, decided to make a run for it. He managed to scale the prison walls despite the razor wire, and he then disappeared amid the thick brush surrounding the facility, causing guards to lose sight of him.

The escape plan quickly went south, though, when Ornellas ran out onto nearby Kuhio Highway and was almost immediately struck by a car. The “loud sound from the roadway” alerted officers to his whereabouts, said a statement from

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