Gabbard Honors Christian Mahuna For His Bravery

HONOLULU -February 22, 2007- Senator Mike Gabbard presented Christian Mahuna with an honorary certificate from the Hawaii State Senate on February 21, 2007. Christian is a 6th grade student at Kapolei Middle School and lives in Kalaeloa. He was joined at the Capitol by his mother, Ellena Young, and family friend Marcus Miles.

On Friday, February 2, 2007, Christian was waiting for his school bus at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Lexington Street when a reckless driver struck Christian, severely breaking both his legs with compound fractures .

Gabbard said, "Christian and his family have been through a terrible ordeal because of this hit and run driver. It's my hope that the perpetrator will be brought to justice, that Christian will make a full recovery, and he and his family will regain their emotional well-being and peace of mind."

According to Crime Stoppers and the Honolulu Police Department, there have been no leads in this unsolved case. The driver of the vehicle that hit Christian faces two possible charges: vehicle negligent injury in the 2nd degree – a misdemeanor which caries up to a year in jail and failure to render aid – a class C felony which carries up to 5 years in jail.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 955-8300