Yes… That Was Me in Today’s Wreck at Malama Market Intersection

Today at about 10:30 my cousin and I were driving back home after dropping my wife’s car off at Kolohe Auto Repair when we got in an accident at the Malama Market intersection on Highway 130 here in Pahoa.

View from inside the car right after the wreck.

View from inside the car right after the wreck.  I tried to get out of the car but was too stunned to even move and my neck and back hurt so felt it was best to just stay put.

I was the passenger in a 2009 Scion that took the brunt of the impact.  Simply put… what happened shouldn’t have happened had the driver we hit was paying attention.

We were driving towards Kalapana on Highway 130 and the driver of a Jeep Wrangler was driving towards town direction.  He moved into the left turn lane at the Malama Market intersection and came to a stop.

As we were going at the speed limit recommended for the area of 45 MPH… right as we got to the intersection… the Jeep Wrangler decided that he was going to take a left turn in to the Malama Market area.

The driver of the car I was in… slammed on her brakes but it was too late and we slammed into the car.

I spent all day in the hospital getting everything from Cat Scans to X-Rays while the whole day my neck was in some sort of collar to keep me from moving it.

I’m now happy to report that I’m back home with the diagnosis of serious whiplash and I have a nice gash down the shin of my left leg.

Highway 130 and this Malama Market intersection have been one of the most dangerous ones in the State and today it proved itself to me personally.

The State KNOWS there is a problem with this intersection yet accidents continue to happen there almost daily.  People have lost limbs, lost cars, broken bones and still yet nothing has been done.

There is plans to install a round-a-bout at this intersection in the next few months… I’m not sure how that will work in the long run.
pahoa roundMore posts related to accidents on Highway 130 can be found here:  Highway 130

9 Responses

  1. Roundabout will be worse . Most dangerous road in puna is not Ainaloa it’s HA . Most recorded accidents not counted cause it’s private

  2. Damon, I too, am happy to learn you are okay. I’ve seen too many wrecks at that intersection that I have decided to drop my speed to 35 MPH through there, both directions. It is a bad intersection!

  3. Glad you were able to get home. And, hoping for a full and quick recovery.
    From the sound of it, do not see how a signal light would have prevented this crash.

  4. Damon,
    I was driving the red two door Jeep that successfully, safely made a left hand turn prior to the Jeep 4 door that turned in front of you all.

    This is a dangerous intersection and a round- a-bout may help.
    I make this turn about once a day going to the pool, market, gas, trash etc. and by far this is the most dangerous time of the day.

    Let me know how I can help. Your blog is great, keep up the good work and see Nick at Pahoa Physical Therapy when you feel better.

    By the grace of God go I.
    Jbrinkley

  5. Damon – so sorry to hear of this accident…wishing you quick recovery, I was in a car accident – rear-ended….also suffered serious whiplash….was in a collar for weeks….this too shall pass. Take the best of care! Your news reports are important to trillions of us!! Waimea Aloha, Penny Vredenburg

  6. They could lower the speed limit there to something like 35. What’s this with cars going through there at 45 mph?

  7. I have lost 2 friend’s, in 2 separate accident’s, at that intersection =(

  8. Exactly that install traffic lights what’s so hard about that.

  9. Just put in an f-ing light, for christsakes

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