HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Pearl City teen who was critically injured last month after a car slammed into her in a marked crosswalk near her home says she’s grateful to be alive.
Victoria Arellano says the last thing she remembers from the night of the May 14 crash is getting off the bus on Waimano Home Road.
She says she woke up five days later in the hospital.
"I asked my whole family what happened to me," said Arellano.
“That’s when they showed me news articles. It showed like a clip of my shoe and a Foodland bag, and that’s when I remembered I was at Foodland and I was with my friends before the accident.”
The 17-year-old is still recovering at the Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center.
Her injuries from the crash include multiple broken bones and fractures. She even suffered a stroke from the impact.
“My right side can’t move, but slowly my therapists are working hard so I can move it. They’re trying to get me to stand up. That’s my motivation ― to work hard and be back to normal,” Arellano said.
Because she was still hospitalized, Arellano was unable to attend her high school graduation ceremony last month.
"I felt sad and I kind of felt mad because the accident caused me to miss my graduation. I sometimes ask what did I do so wrong that I had to get into an accident?" said the teen.
But the principal and staff of Waipahu High School personally delivered her diploma, as well as a yearbook that was passed around campus.
“I felt happy and relieved that everybody still kind of thinks about me,” she said.
On the night of the crash, Arellano was crossing Waimano Home Road near Kuahaka Street when a 49-year-old Kapolei man overtook another car and slammed into the teen.
Hawaii News Now has learned the driver did not have a license at the time of the crash.
A quick check of his driving record shows he was cited for driving without insurance, a valid safety check, and a license ― twice ― just last year.
Police are still investigating.
"No words can express the anger I have right now," said Gerry Arellano, Victoria's father.
“Every time I see my daughter, every time I come to the hospital and I see her, it’s always in the back of my mind, how can somebody do this to her?”
Arellano is undergoing physical therapy twice a day, and she will eventually be moved to rehab.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.