She broke her arms in a hit-and-run, but hasn't let that stop her from helping others
EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last month, three days after completing a half marathon, Christina Bush was knocked unconscious by a hit-and-run driver while biking in Ewa Beach.
"Bang! That's all I remember," she said.
The crash happened on April 10, when she was riding on North Road. She was on a narrow two-lane section at about 4 p.m.
"I looked to my left and there was a car coming very fast towards me," she said.
She remembers the car being silver in color. Witnesses saw it sideswipe her.
She can't recall feeling the impact as it clipped the left side of her bike, but the aftermath is burned into her memory.
"What I really remember is crawling in the road, looking up and thinking, 'Okay, my arms don't work. Here comes vehicles.' That was the worst," she said.
Good Samaritans who stopped at the scene helped her to the side of the road and called an ambulance. Both of her arms were broken.
"My left arm is broken in my humerus. My right arm is broken in my forearm. My wrist has two places that are broken," she said.
Bush had surgery to insert a rod into her broken wrist. She suffers from pinched nerves in her shoulders.
The weeks since the accident have been the roughest in her life.
"Feeding myself, clothing myself, brushing my own teeth. Everything that we take for granted in everyday living has been affected," she said.
Despite all that, her outreach program for homeless families and individuals hasn't skipped a beat.
Bush operates Valoha Giving Movement, provides clean clothing and food to the homeless.
"We fed 40 of our houseless in Waipahu. We are going to take 162 shoes to Waianae, one of the shelters out there," she said. "I hope that that serves as a strong testament that giving doesn't always come from your hands. Sometimes, it's your heart."
The accident happened on federal property. There is an accident report but no license number of the car that struck her.
For the driver who hit her, she has this message.
"I went through the anger stage. But now for my own recovery, I forgive them," she said.
Bush anticipates extensive physical therapy after her wrist heals.
Moving her arms is painful, but despite the discomfort she's resumed walking for exercise.
She set a goal of completing the Honolulu Marathon in December.
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