Suspect charged in near-fatal carjacking, crash on Hawaii Island

Updated: Feb. 16, 2021 at 6:48 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two people were sent to the hospital following an apparent string of carjackings and crashes on Hawaii Island on Sunday.

One of the victims is now fighting for her life.

Hawaii Island police have charged 36-year-old Thomas Ryan Kilborn of Pahoa with attempted murder and 11 other crimes including robbery, theft and driving without a license.

Puna Patrol Officers say Kilborn stole a vehicle from a driveway near Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road and Ole Ole Street.

Several minutes later, he returned to the area and struck the passenger he yanked out of the car, 28-year-old Maile Kalanui.

Her husband, Trevor Naki said Kilborn intentionally hit her with the stolen car.

“I immediately grabbed her off the pavement, drag her into the grass and resuscitated her she was bleeding out of the ears, nose and mouth,” said Naki. “I got mixed feelings, I’m to remain calm, right now she’s in more pain than I am.”

Kalanui needed an emergency airlift to Oahu for life-saving treatment. She is at Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition.

After striking Kalanui, Kilborn crashed the stolen car into a coconut tree.

The thief then allegedly stole a truck belonging to Tyler Hamm. He was on his way home with puppies for his family when he witnessed the suspect attempting to steal the vehicle.

When he realized what was happening, he jumped into the bed of the truck in an attempt to save the dogs.

“I was just scared for my life. I knew I almost made a bad decision getting in the truck at that point, so I knew I had to jump out, so that’s what I did,” Hamm said.

“He might have slowed down to 40 or 50 mph. He hit 80, probably, easy in these small narrow double lane roads. He slows to 40 or 50 and I’m able to jump out and that’s how I got this fractured hip,” Hamm added.

Shortly after, the thief reportedly intentionally struck another moving vehicle from behind. The driver sustained minor injuries.

Kilborn was located with the stolen pick-up truck several miles away from the initial scene, and was arrested after a short chase.

His bond is set at $704,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

The Naki family has mounting medical expenses, if you’d like to help, you can donate to their GoFundMe Page.

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