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EXCLUSIVE: Waipahu man among those injured when car plows through crowds in Las Vegas

Ricky Ridela was among those injured when a car plowed through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip. Ricky Ridela was among those injured when a car plowed through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.
(AP Photo/John Locher). Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of a car accident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher). Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of a car accident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas.
SALT LAKE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Ricky Ridela is still shaken from the events that unfolded less than 48 hours ago.

"This is one story I could've lived without telling," he says, sitting outside the laundromat his parents own in Salt Lake.

Ridela, of Waipahu, was one of the people hit and injured when a woman plowed her car through crowded of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday. One person was killed.

The 22-year-old was in Las Vegas to serve as a volunteer wrestling coach for his alma mater, Pacific University. A former wrestler himself, Ridela had just taken in a matinee with team members and coaches. They were walking north on the Strip when it all happened.

"I hear some crashing. I hear somebody yelling, I turn around and the car is right in front of us," he said.

Holloway, 24, slammed her 1996 Oldsmobile into Ridela and others. 

"I could only describe it as, when you go to the beach, the wave hits you from behind and you don't expect it. It was like that but way worse."

Ridela says he's still unsure if he blacked out. When he regained his senses, he was curled in a fetal position for protection. "I opened my eyes, saw everyone on the ground, saw a person next to me bleeding. Just a bunch of people laying down, I saw a lot of people yelling and screaming to each other."

What he doesn't recall seeing was Holloway's car, as it continued northward.

Three other of his teammates had been hit. All were taken to the hospital. All are expecting to recover fully.

Ridela's says he walked away from the incident with minor injuries.

"My leg was a little bit sore, my back was a little bit sore, bruised up," he said.

Ridela was picked up at the hospital by an aunt and uncle who live in Las Vegas. He stayed with them until catching a flight home Tuesday morning.

While he's replayed the events in his mind, his main focus is on the future.

"It's really opened my eyes. You should cherish life. In an instant life can be taken away so keep your loved ones tighter."

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