Driver feels lucky to have survived after surfboard pierces windshield

Photo by: Donard Sonoda

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A young man was driving on the H-1 Freeway on Sunday morning, when a surfboard crashed through his windshield.

The board came within inches of his face.

Jerrin Ching says he feels lucky to have survived — like someone was watching over him.

He showed KHON2 some scratches on his arms.

“This is just from the initial impact of the glass. I was just holding the steering wheel like that,” Ching said.

And a few more scratches on his face.  That’s all.

He still can’t believe it.

“I’m just thankful to be here,” Ching said.  “After it hit, I was like what just happened?”

The accident happened on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction, just past the Punahou Overpass, about 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Ching, who lives in Moanalua, was on his way to pick up his friend at UH.

“And I was in the far left lane and there was a bus in the middle lane, and all of a sudden I see this red thing come out of nowhere and turns out it was a surfboard.  And it just crashed through my windshield,” Ching said.

He says the surfboard came within a few inches of his face.  The glass prevented it from going all the way through.

“Yeah, someone was watching over me,” Ching said.

Witnesses told police they saw the surfboard fall off the overpass, then it bounced off the school bus.

“Then that’s when it came to me.  Yeah, kind of freak accident,” Ching said.

And even though Ching was driving the car, the 2011 Honda Fit doesn’t actually belong to him.

“Yeah this was my girlfriend’s car, who was on Maui at the time,” Ching said. “She was worried about me more than the car I guess, but her car’s going to be fixed, so that’s the main thing.”

And what’s still a mystery is who the surfboard belongs to.

“It was about eight to 10 feet long, was red and made of Styrofoam,” Ching said.

You can sort of make out part of a logo on the surfboard from a photo he took from inside his car.

His message to the owner: “Can you please claim your board, and I don’t know, pay for the windshield or something?  Because you almost killed me.”

If the surfboard belongs to you, or know who it belongs to, or even saw where it came from, call Honolulu police.

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