Hit and run victim speaks out

Elena Young
Elena Young
Christian Mahuna
Christian Mahuna

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It seems this year has been plagued by hit and run accidents on our streets, some resulting in death.

While we've showed some of the disturbing crash scenes, we seldom get a chance to show the slow and painful recovery of survivors.

Thirteen year-old Christian Mahuna struggles to walk. He's had four surgeries and metal rods inserted into his legs, but there are some things he will never be able to do.

"I can never play basketball football hockey anything that includes me getting hurt," said hit and run victim Christian Mahuna.

It's because in February of 2007 while sitting at a bus stop, Christian Mahuna sustained compound fractures in both legs after a Ford mustang ran them over and then kept on driving. More than a year later, no one has claimed responsibility.

"I just got to realize the guy is gone with the wind," said Mahuna.

With all that has happened, Christian is able to forgive and he's trying to forget.

"If I keep looking back on what happened I'll never move forward," said Mahuna

Christian survived his hit and run, but others haven't been so lucky.

With a spike in hit-and-run accidents, more families have to deal with the pain of losing loved ones.

"I can only imagine what type of ordeal they're immediately going to go through, and what it's going to be like a year after," said Christians' mother Elena Young.

While Christian slowly recovers, bills quickly mount up.

"We tried to duke it out for a long time but now it's time that we need help," said Mahuna.

And he will be getting help as he takes life one step at a time, all the while urging drivers to be more cautious.

Stepping in to help is the O-lounge which will hold a fundraiser to help Christian and his mother get back on their feet.

It will be tomorrow from 11 a-m to 2 p-m. The cost is 25-dollars and includes pupus and entertainment.