by: Minna Sugimoto
WAIMANALO (KHNL) - She rushed to the hospital after hearing a car had crashed into her teenaged son. Then, to make matters worse, she learned the driver had kept on going. Now, an Oahu mother is asking for the public's help.
Described as outgoing, Gabe Taito is a graduate of Kailua High, where he played on the varsity football team.
"He's always a happy person, you know, someone that makes everyone laugh," Margaret Taito-Kuresa, victim's mother, said.
But now, the 18-year-old is on a hospital bed with head injuries and broken bones. A difficult sight for any mother.
"He had tubes. They put a tube all the way down. They had a machine to help him breathe," Taito-Kuresa said. "I would want to take that pain."
Police say Taito was crossing Kalanianaole Highway near Moole Street in Waimanalo, when a car slammed into him. The white car, possibly a Toyota or a Volkswagon Jetta, did not stop.
"You just can't believe someone would do that and not, you know, just bang him and just leave him out, you know, on the street to die, and not render aid," Taito-Kuresa said. "You know, I just don't understand."
Margaret says her son, who arrived at the hospital in critical condition, is now breathing on his own and starting to communicate.
"He just kept saying, 'I looked both ways. I looked both ways. I crossed the street. I don't know where this car came from.'"