KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 38-year-old man died Wednesday after he became pinned under his car in a Kalihi neighborhood.
Emergency crews were first called shortly before 5 p.m. in a cramped neighborhood on Waterhouse Street between Gulick Avenue and Kopke Street.
"I was just buying a pack of cigarettes and then I walked around the corner, and then I heard 'boom,' and I saw everybody looking and screaming," said Michael Lorne, who lives in the neighborhood.
Fire crews had first thought they were responding to an assault. Instead, they found the man pinned under a four-door sedan.
"I seen the guy and I walked over there, and he was stuck under there," said Lorne. "He had blood coming out of his mouth and he was barely breathing."
Crews were able to free the man from under the car, but he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.
Lorne had tried to help.
"I was asking everyone to lift the car, but nobody wanted to because they were scared he was going to die," he said.
According to police, the car did not belong to the drive,r but it was not reported as stolen, and the driver's belongings were in the vehicle.
At this point, investigators believe the man somehow fell out of the car, when then rolled on top of him. But they're still trying to determine exactly why that happened.
The HPD traffic division is conducting the investigation. No suspects are being sought, and homicide detectives were not called to the scene.