Driver arrested after car crash damages Kahaluu home

Car crash damages Kahaluu house: 10 p.m. Report

KAHALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police arrested a 29-year-old man after he slammed his vehicle into a Kahaluu home this weekend. The car plowed into renter Karen Wood's bedroom around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. The mother of three stayed up late to watch the news in another room.

"We looked outside to see what happened and all of a sudden, we look over towards over here where the wall is knocked out and it was the side of my bedroom," said Wood.

Wood's neighbor jumped out of bed to help the driver after hearing the crash.

"Saw a tail light sticking up next to the house and knew it wasn't good so I started running over there and hollered for people to call 911," said neighbor Dennis Webber.

The driver, identified by police as Derrick Blackington, has been charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. He remains behind bars, unable to post $1,000 bail.

"He seemed upset, of course, but more mad at himself than anything. He was screaming and walking around kind of a little distraught," recalled Webber.

The impact bent a guard rail and damaged an electrical pole. A gaping hole now fills the area where Wood usually sleeps.

"My initial thought was 'Oh my God, thank you for not letting me go to bed right away.' I could have been killed that night," Wood said.

Wood said she had a message for all the drivers who constantly zoom down that stretch of Kamehameha Highway.

"Please slow down here because it could have been my death or somebody else's. It's dangerous. Kids live here, elderly people," Wood said.

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