A teenager is fighting for his life after falling out of the bed of a pick-up truck. It happened Monday morning on Keana Road in Kaneohe. Elton Naki Jr., 17, landed on the road and was hospitalized in critical condition. Naki’s mother, Ona Naki, says he underwent brain surgery and is currently in a coma. Naki is her only son and she says seeing him in pain and in a hospital bed is too much to bear. “It was devastating. It’s something I could never imagine any other parent going through,” she said.
Naki is a starting corner on Castle High School’s football team and a guard on the basketball team. His friends will tell you the Kaneohe teen is well-liked. His family and friends remain at his beside and pray for a speedy recovery.
I didn’t know Elton personally but I watched him play basketball during the past basketball seasons because my friend is his basketball coach. I’ve been to most of the games and he is such a good athlete. He is such a good team player and he was also one of the funny ones on the team. It definitely is sad to hear that this has happened to him. I feel for his family and I can’t even imagine what they are going through. I pray that he remains strong and he pushes through to have a speedy recovery and that he wakes up soon.
Friends and family have starts a gofundme page for Elton’s road to recovery and every bit of support will help his family out with medical expenses during this hard, devastating time. If you would like to help his family during their time of need here is the link to the gofundme account : https://www.gofundme.com/3rn27eg
Because of this accident Naki’s mother Ona is trying to get to get the law changed from not allowing anyone to sit in the back of a pick up truck because of the dangers that can happen. Current Hawaii law allows passengers 12 years and older to ride in the bed of a pick-up truck with restrictions. There must be no seating left inside the vehicle. The tailgate must be securely closed, and passengers cannot hold on to cargo.Proposals to change the law have made its way to the legislature many times, but never passed. Proposals to change the law have made its way to the legislature many times, but never passed. “It’s a hard issue for some legislators and those in the community. They depend on the pickup maybe it’s for work or family, and they need family in the back,” said Rep. Tom Brower, D, who sits on the House transportation committee. “Part of the hypocrisy is if you’re in a car in the backseat, you need a seat belt on. That’s the law. But then you can be unrestrained in the back of a pick-up truck and there’s a lot of irony there, and it is something lawmakers should look into,” he said.