They were walking to the beach to watch the sunset. They never made it

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Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 at 5:24 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lianna McCurdy didn’t see what hit her.

The 21-year-old was with a group of friends Monday night, walking to the beach to enjoy the sunset, when a pickup truck lost control and plowed through a traffic island.

McCurdy, of Manoa, suffered a fractured spine, bleeding on her brain and kidneys, and damage to her lungs.

But she’s focused on staying strong.

She says it’s the least she can do for her friend, 26-year-old Casimir G. Pokorny. He didn’t survive the crash. Two other pedestrians were also killed.

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“I just remember hearing a big smash and EMS and our friends around us,” McCurdy said. “I got taken into the ambulance. I thought I had a punctured lung because I had trouble breathing.”

The freelance writer and Portland State University student said she realizes she’s still in shock.

She just can’t wrap her head around how a day that had gone so well could end so horribly.

“I can’t make sense of it,” she said. “Literally, we had the best day.”

McCurdy’s mother, Debbie, fears she could have lost her daughter.

“She lost a friend who was here on vacation. It was so tragic,” she said.

“It was a matter of place. He was standing next to her. If it had been the other way around. I would have lost my girl.”

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