Night out with friends ends with violent hit and run

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It started off as a night out with friends and ended in the hospital.

A Hawaii Kai man was hit by a car outside of an Ala Moana area night club and the driver never stopped to help.

The man spoke with KHON2’s Brianne Randle from his hospital bed.

Patrick Akana can barely move. The 22-year-old free diver and body boarder lies in the hospital with a fractured spine, broken leg and hip.

“I honestly thought I was going to die or be paralyzed,” said Patrick Akana.

It pains him to remember the terrifying ordeal of being run over by a car early Saturday morning following a night out with friends.

At around 4 a.m., they were leaving an Ala Moana area club when they got into an argument with another group of guys.

“We excited the club, hanging outside two guys started harassing Pat, I stepped in and they guy came at me, pushed me, threw a punch a me, we got into an altercation, bouncers came broke it up,” said David Benito, Akana’s friend.

David and Patrick thought that was the end of it. And walked away towards Piikoi Street to grab a cab. When a car came around the corner.

“They pulled up on the side like they wanted to fight, I approached them, ran around to the passenger side of the car that’s when the car reversed,” shared Benito.

Running right into Patrick, knocking him over.

“I remember the back of the car hitting me, I fell on the ground and my legs went over my head, where the car was on top of me,” said Akana.

“I heard Pat saying stop, stop you’re on top of me and that was it,” said Benito.

The driver then put it into drive and took off. David ran to Patrick’s side and called for help.

But not before getting a description of the car: a white Volkswagen Bug with a rear spoiler.

“I was in shock to think someone could even fit underneath a Bug I was in shock to see him under there,” said Benito.

“If they didn’t have any intentions, I don’t know why they didn’t stop – to leave me to basically die,” said Akana.

Patrick was taken by ambulance to Queens Medical Center.

Honolulu Police have opened a hit-and-run case.

“Boys will be boys, things happen, but no one ever deserves to go through the pain pat is going through now,” said Benito.

Patrick’s friends and family hope the driver does the right thing.

“Turn themselves in, do the right thing, if it happened to their family member or themselves wouldn’t they want the same,” explained Benito.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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