Car crashes into Waimanalo home, hits grandmother

A car rammed through the living room of a Waimanalo home early Sunday morning, throwing a grandmother from her chair.

It happened at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on a side street near Blanche Pope Elementary.

Witnesses say a car smashed into a home and then seen three people running off.

“They were speeding around the corner and you can see the marks on the road, ” Waimanalo resident Mahi Akau said. “They came up on this fence and ended up in the window.”

Plywood boards are now covering up the gaping hole in the side of their house, where a Nissan Sedan came crashing through, waking up the entire neighborhood.

“It sounded like an earthquake, like a bomb. It was really loud,” Akau said.

Before the Akau family even knew what hit them, they saw people running away.

“When I came out, the girl and the boy was running this way, and the big fat boy running that way,” Akau’s daughter Dawn said.

Just on the other side of that wall, sitting in the living room was Aunty Elaine Kealoha.

“It moved me this way,” Kealoha said.

She was thrown from the chair she was sitting on.

“I didn’t know it was right behind because I was folding clothes this way and I ended up this way,” Kealoha said. “When it pushed me and I fell off, so I didn’t realize I was in the impact.”

Amazingly, she was okay.

“This is all I got was a little scrape,” Kealoha said.

Normally, her great-grandchildren also sleep in the living room.

“Two little dollies, two and five [years old], but they weren’t here,” Kealoha said.

“My husband, brother, sister, and rest of my daughters were at the beach fishing and camping, so therefore nobody was home in the living room,”  Akau said.

Relieved it’s over, the family is fixing what they can and enjoying the things that are irreplaceable.

“Everything in spite of that, is more precious,” Kealoha said.

The three people in the car reportedly left their picture IDs and wallets behind. The car was also reported stolen.

Police are investigating this crash, but no arrests have been made yet.

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