Car crashes into Kaneohe Jamba Juice, teen in serious condition

Source: Jessica Scheuring
Source: Jessica Scheuring

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email and Ian Scheuring

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - A teenager is in serious condition after a car plowed into the Kaneohe Jamba Juice shortly at about 1:45 p.m. on Friday.

Honolulu Police Department officials say a 14-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in serious condition with head injuries. Two other customers, a 44-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, were in stable condition after suffering cuts and bruises from shattered glass following the crash.

Police said the driver was in a handicap stall when the car reversed into the store. He reportedly told police that there was a problem with the gears on the car.

"He related that the gearing and the pedals got stuck so he reversed," said Honolulu Police Lt. John Vines. "He tried to steer it and reversed right into Jamba Juice. When it hopped the curb, striking the window, there were customers on the inside."

The driver, a 45 year-old man, was unhurt.

"I was sitting at the table right next to him, on the right side, and I was about a foot away from him when the car hit him," said Ezra Ocean-Ortiz, a friend of the 14-year-old boy. "He's doing alright, but he has some minor cuts on his leg and some glass stuck in his leg. He could've suffered from some sort of head trauma from getting thrown forward."

The store manager told Hawaii News Now that if the crash had happened just 15 minutes later, the store would have been packed with kids who hang out there after school.

Police said no criminal charges would be filed against the driver.

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