HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A grandmother and her grandson were critically injured Tuesday after an SUV went through a fence and plowed into a retaining wall at the Bishop Museum. The accident happened just after 2:40 PM.
Four-year-old Tyson Arakaki was taken by paramedics to Queen's Medical Center where he was last reported to be in critical condition. His grandmother 67-year-old Trudy Arakaki, was pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by first responders. She was taken to Queen's where she is also remains in critical condition at last check.
"We have witness statements that there may have been a mechanical problem with the accelerator on the vehicle, but we'll need to investigate that to determine the exactly what the cause was" said Lt. David Nilsen of HPD.
The vehicle, a silver Nissan Murano, apparently missed the sharp turn at the end of Kapalama Avenue and plowed through a chain link fence. It then kept going for about 35 yards before dropping into an eight-foot ditch. The vehicle then smashed roof-first into the retaining wall that separates the museum grounds from the H-1 Freeway.