Motorcycle Crash, Medical Bills Devastate Hawaii family

Motorcycle Crash, Medical Bills Devastate Hawaii familyAn 18-year-old man was critically injured in a motorcycle accident after borrowing his friend’s high-powered sports bike and crashing it, causing severe brain damage and a trip to the ICU that has lasted 35 days, ABC affiliate KITV reports.

According to the news source, Bill Costa received a call from his son’s friend informing him that his son, Christopher Costa, had been in an accident after he let him borrow his motorcycle. Costa had recently graduated from St. Joseph High School in Hilo, Hawaii, and borrowed the bike having never ridden one before. Upon starting the bike, the acceleration allegedly took him off guard, causing him to crash into a utility pole.

Costa was wearing a helmet, but it is unclear if it was being worn correctly at the time of the crash or if it fit him properly. Costa’s father told the media outlet that Christopher had “big plans” for his life, which included going to medical school.

Costa suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident, which sent him to the intensive care unit for 35 days, where he currently remains, and has been in and out of consciousness.

“He was in the ICU for five and half weeks,” Bill Costa said. “They were trying to control his brain swelling and they gave us the news. We got the word out and started to pray and he got better, he survived. They pretty much wrote him off that day.”

Now, the family is faced with mounting medical bills, as the owner of the motorcycle did not have insurance, and the Costas’ insurance only covered the first five days in the hospital, the news provider stated.

This was the second major motorcycle crash in a month in Hawaii, as a man was injured and his wife killed in a crash that took place on July 29 while vacationing in Honolulu, the News-Star reports.

According to the news source, the couple was allegedly struck by a truck that lost control on Likelike Highway, killing the woman instantly and causing the male driver to sustain major injuries, including a crushed pelvis. The 25-year-old man is a softball coach at a high school in Oklahoma.

The truck driver in the accident was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, but an investigation is ongoing.