Woman seriously injured after car careens off highway in Punaluu

PUNALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman was seriously injured after her car careened off a highway and into the ocean late Monday, Emergency Medical Services said.

Officials said the woman was driving a Smart car that went off Kamehameha Highway near Kahana Bay at around 9 p.m.

Paramedics said the 43-year-old was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

It's not clear how she wound up off the road and into the water, but good Samaritan Aaron Kia says he helped pull the woman from her car and back to shore.

"I was able to open the door, the seatbelt came off and get her out of the car because the tide was coming in too, so with every wave, the car would shift and that's when she would get scared," he said.

Kia said he was home on the phone when he heard the crash and saw the car flip into the water. That's when he and a neighbor sprang into action and pulled her from the vehicle.

"She was all buckled up, all airbags went off," Kia said. "What I think was a miracle was that she landed on the wheels instead of on the roof side. It was right-side up. The airbags went off, none of the windows was broken except the back. The back one was smashed."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

This story will be updated.

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