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.
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.
More posts related to accidents on Highway 130 can be found here: Highway 130