Exclusive: Boy Hit By Suspected Drunken Driver Speaks Out

Joshua Hadley
Joshua Hadley

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A Kalihi boy is recovering at the Queen's Medical Center, following emergency surgery to repair a broken leg. Police say the teenaged pedestrian was injured when a drunken driver crashed into him Monday.

For a boy who enjoys jogging, being stuck in a hospital with a broken leg is no fun.

"I've been going through exercises," Joshua Hadley, crash victim, said. "They got to make me sit up, and it really hurts. But I got to do it."

The 17-year-old says he was walking home from school when a car slammed into a parked vehicle, jumped onto the sidewalk, and plowed into him. It happened on Kamehameha IV Road Monday afternoon.

"I didn't even get to see the car and then, boom, right there. I'm done," Hadley said. "And I wen flip over, fall down."

Police say a cement wall and two more parked cars were then hit.

"I saw this girl on the other side of the street. I called her for come and help me," Hadley said. "She was walking to me, and then I knocked out."

Officers arrested the driver, 77-year-old Peter Hirakawa, on suspicion of drunken driving and negligent injury.

"Driving and drunk, very irresponsible," Petrus Hadley, victim's father, said. "So I really, really, really mad at that person."

Doctors inserted a long metal rod in Joshua's left leg during a three-hour operation Monday night. The Farrington High junior says he's aware of all the pedestrian crashes making news.

"I wasn't thinking of it happening to me," he said. "I wasn't expecting that."

The driver is free, while police continue their investigation.