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SUV driver shaken up after collision with police car

Hae Young Lee Chong Hae Young Lee Chong

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Police are investigating a car crash involving one of their own. They say the officer was responding to a call, when his blue-and-white patrol car hit an SUV.

Hae Young Lee Chong says she suffered a concussion and her face is swollen as a result of the collision. Police acknowledge the officer was driving the wrong way on the east-bound side of Young Street Wednesday night.

Hae Young Lee Chong grabs her belongings from her rental car, and is stunned by the amount of damage to the driver's side.

"It was really shocking 'cause I had never been in this kind of accident before," she said.

Police say Chong was west-bound on Young Street, when one of their patrol cars, also heading west, pulled into the east-bound lane to pass, and slammed into her SUV as it was turning left onto Palm Drive.

"I was told that he was going to another accident and he was hurrying to get there," Chong said.

The impact sent the SUV into an apartment building.

"All of the sudden, I heard this huge crash," Linda Kalopodes, building resident, said.

Kalopodes is still waiting for word on when the damage to her bathroom wall and her only toilet will be repaired.

"My toilet isn't working so we always have to go somewhere else to use the bathroom," she said. "And so far, no contractors or insurance companies have called."

Police say the officer was responding to a call, and had his siren and blue lights activated.

"I heard sirens at a distance and it kept coming closer," Kalopodes said.

Chong says she and her passenger heard the siren and looked around, but didn't see anything before initiating the turn.

"We basically took a very slow left," she said. "And while we did that, then the next thing I knew, Amy is screaming."

Still shaken up, Chong can't help but wonder -- what if there were people on the sidewalk?

"If there had been a child between my car and the building or elderly or anyone, I would never be able to live with myself," she said.

Police say the officer involved has been on the job for a year-and-a-half.

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