Driver accused in violent Kahala Mall hit-and-run arrested

Driver accused in violent Kahala Mall hit-and-run arrested
Updated: Apr. 11, 2017 at 4:26 PM HST
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KAHALA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 45-year-old woman accused of causing a Kahala Mall crash that pinned a young mother between two cars was arrested late Monday night, law enforcement sources tell Hawaii News Now.  On Tuesday cameras captured video of an officer parked at a home near 19th Avenue and Pahoa.  In the driveway was a white SUV with significant damage on the passenger side that was tagged as evidence.

Police records indicate Chiaan Bitar was taken into custody around 10:40 p.m. at that Kaimuki address roughly a mile from where the alleged hit-and-run took place. She was arrested on two counts of fleeing a scene where there was serious injury or death.

Late Sunday evening, witnesses say, a 35-year-old woman had just finished strapping her two young children into their car seats when a white SUV slammed into the back of her Nissan, pinning her between the vehicles.

"I heard a loud crash and a woman scream," said witness Scott Plater, who told Hawaii News Now he attempted to follow the driver after she began.

The woman's husband was also present at the time of the crash; the family are visitors from Japan. Paramedics say the mother suffered serious injuries in the incident and remains hospitalized.

Other witnesses at the scene of the crash, according to police sources, positively identified Bitar as the driver involved in the incident.

This story will be updated.

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