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Survivor of deadly chain-reaction crash in Kunia recalls terrifying moments

Anela Vierra with Kamalani (left) and Jasmine (right) Anela Vierra with Kamalani (left) and Jasmine (right)
Jennifer Parsons Jennifer Parsons
Johnette Colon Johnette Colon

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KUNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Survivors of a five-vehicle crash in Kunia over the weekend are recalling the terrifying moments and mourning the two people who died.

Anela Vierra and her family were going from Wahiawa to Kapolei via Kunia Road to look at Christmas lights, when the unexpected happened.

"You just threw up on national TV," Vierra said to her baby.

Anela Vierra is taking time to cherish the simple pleasures, after being involved in a chain-reaction crash on Kunia Road New Year's Day.

"Yeah, I could have lost my kids' life that day," she said.

The Nissan that she, her boyfriend and their two young daughters were riding in was hit with car parts and other debris, and was forced into a dirt embankment, when two vehicles crashed head-on right in front of them.

"I just seen things flying," Vierra said. "Then after we got out, I checked on these two and then I told Daniel to go check on the lady, the car in front of us."

That lady was Jennifer Parsons, 42, a mother of three.

"She was breathing," Vierra said. "Then when another man went there, he couldn't find a pulse."

Police say the man behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi was driving erratically, when he crossed the center line and slammed into Parsons' Mercury. Parsons and a 12-year-old boy in the Mitsubishi were killed.

"I love her and I just miss her," Johnette Colon, Parsons' daughter, said through tears. "I'm just gonna take care of the family now. She can't be replaced. She will be missed dearly."

Vierra's heart aches for Parsons' children.

"I cried because I seen what happened to their mom," she said.

Vierra, her boyfriend, four-year-old Jasmine and two-and-a-half week old Kamalani were not physically hurt. But Vierra hasn't slept well the past two nights.

"I see it over and over again when I sleep," she said. "But I can't let that get me down because I gotta take care of these two."

In all, five vehicles were involved and six people were hospitalized with injuries.

Police say the Mitsubishi and another car were speeding.

"They're stupid," Vierra said. "They're just stupid. They hurt a lot of people. They killed two people. It's terrible."

The two drivers suspected of causing the crash could each face two counts of negligent homicide and multiple counts of negligent injury.

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