The police officer was blind-sided just before midnight while on his routine patrol along Farrington Highway in Makaha.
“The car flew down this road right there like it was going pretty fast, like over 100 guaranteed, top speed,” witness, Kimo Peroff said.
The witnesses saw it all unfold after this white Mercedes SUV smashed into the officer’s Toyota 4-runner.
It lost control and then hit this pick up truck traveling in the opposite direction as it was carrying a family of nine.
“Seven kids, mom and father, the youngest was a newborn baby,” witness said.
This group of guys rushed to help the officer first who suffered the brunt of the impact.
“We was trying to save his life. He was unconscious, he was all twisted up,” said Peroff.
That officer was identified as Leo Macapagal. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition with severe injuries to his head.
“Without a doubt our police family is all hurting and were trying our best to support each other and cope with what happened and support the officer. If people could pray for the officer and his family,” SHOPO President, Tenari Maafala said.
Neighbors say Macapagal recently returned to the Honolulu Police department after serving as an Air Force reservist. He has a wife and three elementary school-aged children.
“He has great kids, he’s a great family man, he does a lot for the community , he’s sacrificed a lot of time for serving on the neighborhood board association,” police officer’s neighbor, Gary McCormick said.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family,” added McCormick.
Saturday, we caught up with the other family who was traveling in the opposite direction when hit by the drunk driver – they are recovering from a long and scary night.
They say they are lucky to be alive.
“My aunty told her husband to stop the car. The other car was going, going and then flipped onto their car and went over,” victim’s niece, Akina Enos said.
The white SUV went airborne instead of crashing on top of their pick up truck.
Inside the pick up truck were seven children who all were not wearing seat belts.
A 4 year-old boy was taken to the hospital in stable condition, suffering from head injuries.
But family members say he should be released on Saturday.
“My Aunty said she doesn’t know what to say she’s just blessed to be okay and stuff like that,” said Enos.
In the meantime, the driver of the Mercedes SUV remains in the hospital. He’s described as a man in his 30s and is listed in stable condition. His female passenger, also in her 30s was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The driver of the Mercedes SUV is expected to be arrested as soon as he’s released from the hospital. He will be arrested for driving under the influence and negligent injury.