A 17-year old girl is recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car in Pearl City. It happened Tuesday night on Waimano Home Road, less than 2 weeks before her high school graduation.
The victim’s parents say their daughter Victoria was coming home from school and the grocery store when she was struck in a marked crosswalk. Police say a vehicle stopped for the victim when another car tried to go around. That driver ended up hitting Victoria.
“Let’s face it she’s still my daughter but she won’t be the same,” said Victoria’s father Gerry Arellano.
It’s a parent’s worse nightmare. Arellano received a call from the hospital that shook him to the core.
“There are no words to express how you feel. Just numb. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t get out of the car,” he said.
Victoria is still in critical condition but she’s been responsive.
“I told her if you can please squeeze my hand by saying I love you to me. Yes, she did and it was so tight. It was so tight,” said Victoria’s mother Raquel.
“Yesterday, the orthopedic basically put her together. All her broken bones. All her fractures,” said her father.
Before the crash, Victoria was preparing for graduation from Waipahu High School next Thursday. She was bound for the University of Hawaii this Fall to become a teacher.
Now everything is put on hold. The uncertainty of the future has left the family heartbroken and their lives changed forever.
“You took away my daughter’s future,” said her mother.
“She’s been robbed of that opportunity to be a part of her graduating class and be there physically. That’s one chapter of her life that’s been robbed,” said Mr. Arellano.
The Arellanos have always taught their children to use the crosswalk and to be careful. Now they’re pleading to drivers.
“Every time you see a crosswalk whether you see people or not, please slow down because we never know if the person that gets hurt is one of your family members,” said Ms. Arellano.
“This is just happening too much here in Hawaii. Every month we got someone being run over,” said Mr. Arellano. “15 seconds, 20 seconds to stop for a pedestrian to cross is not going to hurt you.”
The family says the principal of Waipahu High may deliver Victoria’s diploma to her in the hospital. Police tell us the driver involved has not been arrested and the charges will depend on the outcome of the investigation.