Koke’e accident victim in guarded condition

The woman who accidentally drove her car into a Waimea Canyon gulch last Friday remains in guarded condition at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

The 42-year-old Po’ipu resident slid down about 175 feet below the Pu’u Ka Pele Lookout near the 11-mile marker of Waimea Canyon Drive.

After initial treatment at the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea Friday, she was medivaced to the Queen’s Medical Center’s Trauma Unit in Honolulu early Saturday morning. A report of the incident shows she suffered a large cut on her forehead, several broken ribs, a broken right wrist and a dislocated left shoulder.

Police continue to investigate the accident. Koke’e’s wet and foggy road conditions may have been factors in the accident, according to eyewitness accounts.

The woman was reportedly trapped in her late-model sedan for about nine hours before a passerby spotted her car from a Waimea Canyon lookout. The Waimea station of the Kaua’i Fire Department received a report at 4:45 p.m.


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