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Mother Copes With Two Critical Crashes In Three Years

Nelda Riveral Nelda Riveral
Joahl Mirafuentes and Jayppy Riveral Joahl Mirafuentes and Jayppy Riveral
Jayppy Riveral was in a coma for 16 days after this 2003 crash in Waikiki Jayppy Riveral was in a coma for 16 days after this 2003 crash in Waikiki
Mirafuentes was killed in this crash on Moanalua Freeway on October 22 Mirafuentes was killed in this crash on Moanalua Freeway on October 22

by: Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Your child has been in` a car crash and is in critical condition at the hospital. Imagine getting that phone call. Then, imagine getting that paralyzing call twice in three years.

Away from the hospital, Nelda Riveral lets her tears flow. Her son, 21-year-old Jayppy, is fighting for his life, after he crashed and flipped his car on the Moanalua Freeway last week.

"I just trying to be strong for my son 'cause I know he needs me," she said.

She knows because she's been in this heart-wrenching position before.

In October 2003, her son's car was broadsided by another car in Waikiki. He had head injuries and broken bones, and was in a coma for 16 days.

"It was like I can't make it, like I'm going to lost him," Nelda Riveral said.

Nearly three years later to the day, the unthinkable. Another crash, another phone call.

"It was horrible," she said. "It's very hard. It's really hard."

She says her son doesn't know his girlfriend, 19-year-old Joahl Mirafuentes, was killed in the crash.

"He love her very much, and it's been so hard for me to think that she's gone," she said. "I want him to recover first before we tell him the truth."

Police say Jayppy Riveral may've been racing another car. His mother says she can't believe he would take such a risk, after he nearly lost his life three years ago.

"He's such a good guy," she said. "And he has a lesson from the first one. So I'm sure he didn't do that."

Investigators say the man who broadsided Jayppy Riveral in Waikiki three years ago was driving drunk. Prosecutors are awaiting Gae-Suk Kim's extradition so they can try him on negligent injury charges.

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