Hit & Run Suspect Crashes Car into Building

Maj. Kurt Kendro
Maj. Kurt Kendro
Khalil Dabbas
Khalil Dabbas

LILIHA (KHNL) -- Disaster avoided. That's what some people in Liliha are saying, after a hit-and-run suspect's car ran off a road and into a building Wednesday.

A car jumps onto a sidewalk on busy Vineyard Boulevard, takes out a traffic signal, and slams into Khalil Dabbas' pawn shop.

"I was talking on the phone," he said. "And suddenly, I heard like a big noise, like a bomb or something. So I just hung up, and I went outside to check."

Police say the driver crashes while trying to flee the scene of a fender bender on the H-1 Freeway.

"It appears that she has some traffic warrants for her arrest, as well as didn't have a driver's license," Maj. Kurt Kendro, Honolulu Police Department, said.

But with a witness on her tail, she doesn't get far.

"A fella was following her in a black Honda," Ernie, a witness who didn't want to give his last name, said. "And he confronted her immediately while she was in the car, claiming that she had run into somebody on the freeway."

After being treated for minor injuries, 44-year-old Debra Jean Wilkins is arrested at the Kalihi police station.

Dabbas inspects the damage to the building, and says it's a miracle no one on the sidewalk got hurt.

"This section is always busy, yeah," he said. "The good thing that nobody was there."

"Very selfish on her part," Kendro said. "Endangered the community, truly."

The suspect is now at the main police cellblock, unable to post bail.