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Family of pregnant crash victim seeks answers

Shelly Eldredge Shelly Eldredge
Stephen Eldredge Stephen Eldredge
Alex Bown Alex Bown

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are new details about the family vacation that turned tragic.  A pregnant mother from Utah crashed her moped in Windward Oahu Tuesday.  Her family is praying for a recovery and is also searching for answers.

The crash site is right in between the Heeia Pier and State Park.  It is after a curve on Kamehameha Highway along a straight away which makes some people wonder what exactly happened.

Shelly Eldredge, 40, is on life support with heart and lung issues, spinal and pelvic injuries and head and facial trauma.  She's already had five major operations and has more to go. 

To make matters even more painful she was two and a half months pregnant and has now lost the baby.

"Please keep her in your prayers. She's the most beautiful woman you'll ever meet and we would love to have everyone's support," said Dr. Stephen Eldredge, Shelly's husband. The couple got married just four months ago.

What's troubling is the fact they don't know what happened.  The family rode mopeds to Hanauma Bay on Tuesday but it was closed so they continued on to Laie.  At the Heeia State Park something caused her to crash into a utility pole.

"The majority of her impact was rear rather than front so the likelihood of her just losing control and hitting the pole I think diminishes considerably," said Dr. Eldredge. "None of it makes sense. Shelly is a very gifted athlete. She has tremendous control."

Shelly's a downhill skier, runner, bicyclist and had her own motorcycle for years.  Add to that the moped wasn't working properly and wouldn't go more than 20 miles per hour.  So they find it hard to believe she just lost control on her own.

"We're assuming that she was either hit or forced off by oncoming or passing traffic," said Dr. Eldredge. "They could have been frustrated because she wasn't able to go the posted speed limit."

"We pulled right here off the road and I came to comfort the children," said Lee Williams, a witness who's says he was fourth on scene.  "It was just heart wrenching. It's such an awful thing for a family to endure on a vacation."

"We saw that the family was visibly shaken," said Melodie Aduja, witness who was with Williams.  "If anyone is out there that may have known what may have happened please please come forward."

Some witnesses stopped to help although they say there was another woman believed to be in her 60's, in a blue or light green Toyota Camry that was visibly emotional.  She stopped but didn't get out of the car.

"I came up and she was there and she was the first one to call 911 and after that she was gone and I was just there," said Alex Bown, Shelly's Son.

"We'd really like to know particularly if anything were to happen where we weren't able to ever hear her side of the story we'd really like to know what happened. I think we deserve to know what happened," said Dr. Eldredge.

The family will be here several weeks and pray they find out what happened in that time.

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