Word Was Out of Yet ANOTHER Cow Strike!

Dear Damon

Just happened while looking at zip line article to see your post on Highway 130…

Here is another service you could perform for Kohala area residents….or maybe its island wide…

My lady friend was on her way down from Waimea to the Kohala Hotels, in early November, via Kawaihai when she was suddenly confronted by a cow walking toward her on her side of the road… With traffic to her left going uphill and a ditch on her right she had no option but to hit the cow.

Luckily she had no passenger and the brunt of the impact was lessened by her low nosed Toyota 2001 Camry sort of scooping up the cow and tossing it off her passenger side, taking out her fender, windshield and rear view mirror on that side as it fell…

Poor cow and traumatized Lady Friend….

A strange scene ensued as police arrived as well as various ranchers who looked at the cow and disclaimed responsibility…word was out of yet ANOTHER cow strike…!!

Many people stopped to see that she was OK which she was, apart from shaken up.

What was interesting was the run around she got and information on OTHER cow strikes she accumulated during the ensuing weeks…although branded and numbered, the brand owner claimed to have sold THIS cow to another rancher who at first although a well known figure…refused responsibility…as evidence mounted this person eventually fessed up and agreed to have his insurance assess her vehicle…which is ongoing and may form another story in itself.

However she learned of MANY cow strikes and many people injured….one 24 year old killed just a week ago hitting a loose cow in the broader Kohala Mountain Road area on his new motorcycle…

I am sorry but fence technology has advanced since the 1800’s and it would appear that certain ranchers are not maintaining theirs leading to life threatening and taking encounters…

As we never see any news on these events and as there are a backlog of unsettled damages and injuries, perhaps a blog on this subject could bring pressure on land owners to be more responsible and on legislators to toughen laws and provide better relief for vehicle owners than the usually pathetic insurance settlements…

It was found by networking that a motorist had called in to 911 on that cow 10 minutes before my friend hit it but a major accident on Kohala Mountain Road had Police tied up…..this call also revealed that this specific land/cow owner has had other hits on his loose cows….there is a story of an Oahu Police Officer who on vacation here over a year ago hit a horse on Waipio Valley highway (Honokaa to Waipio) and has yet to receive any compensation…

Let me know what you think…

Aloha….Doug Arnott

One Response

  1. I wonder what those poor animals will get for compensation!

    Seriously though… it’s a shame that both parties have to suffer in this way. Responsibility is a thing of the past it seems…

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