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Prayers for healing after critical crash in Waianae

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two families are praying for healing tonight after a head-on in collision in Waianae this weekend. Bronson Panui and his girlfriend, Logan, were heading to the beach on Mother's Day with their 2-month-old daughter, Kaimani-Marie. Investigators said a truck crossed the center line near a notorious curve on Waianae Valley Road and crushed Panui's sedan.

"As soon as we got the call, we just started praying on our way to the hospital, just hoping for the best," said Bronson's uncle, Lyman Panui.

Lyman Panui said the baby has been discharged from the Queen's Medical Center, but her mother had back surgery. Bronson Panui had two surgeries scheduled on Monday for extensive head and internal injuries.

"His face has multiple fractures on his cheek, jaw," said Lyman Panui. "I believe he has a couple of fractured ribs and a bruised lung. He's got a few stitches on his leg.

The crash also devastated a family of five in the truck. Hawaii News Now has learned that the 42-year-old driver wasn't hurt, but medics rushed his wife and three children to the emergency room. Police said the backseat passengers weren't wearing seatbelts, including a 14-year-old boy who is now in critical condition. According to authorities, speed and alcohol don't appear to be factors, but they're still investigating.

"Right now, it's not about blaming, who is at fault," said Lyman Panui. "We'll let the police handle that. That's their job. Our job as family members is pretty much to love on them, give them the support, offer our prayers for both parties.

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