A woman was slightly injured yesterday after a car crashed into the wall outside her home at 1712 Palolo Ave., next to Rainbow Market, and debris flew through her window.

Hasty driver crashes
into wall in Palolo

A 24-year-old Palolo man crashed his car through a wall outside a Palolo house yesterday afternoon, sending a hollow-concrete block through a window in the home and striking a sleeping woman.

The 71-year-old woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition after the block hit her in the chest, according to fire and police officials.

The crash occurred about 2 p.m. at 1712 Palolo Ave., next to Rainbow Market.

Police and fire officials said the 2001 gold Chevy Malibu was speeding makai on Palolo Avenue when the driver apparently lost control, hit a slight embankment in front of Rainbow Market and crashed into the wall.

The man told police he was driving fast because he was late for work and that the accelerator got stuck, said police officer Todd Koyanagi.

Koyanagi said the man, who had a learner's permit, will be cited for driving without a license.

The driver was accompanied by his wife, 25, daughter, 3, and 17-year-old sister-in-law, police said. No one else in the car was licensed.

His wife and daughter were taken to Queen's for observation with minor scratches from the broken glass, police said.


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