PHOTOS: Truck Crashes Through Paia Storefronts

September 9, 2011, 3:13 PM HST · Updated September 9, 5:22 PM
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By David Kvasnicka and Madeline M. Ziecker

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Damage to the storefronts of Moana Bakery and Cafe and Wings Hawaii appears to be significant. Photo by Madeline M. Ziecker.

One woman was injured as a truck crashed through the storefronts of the Moana Bakery and Cafe and Wings Hawaii on Baldwin Ave. in Paia.

At around 1:25 p.m., the male driver of a black pickup truck says he lost control of the vehicle when he swerved to avoid another vehicle exiting a parking lot.

A woman who was on the sidewalk nearby was injured by shattered glass and was reported to be in shock. The driver appeared unharmed. There are no other known injuries at this time.

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Moana Bakery and Cafe owner Don Ritchey said, “Everything is going to be all right. We’re glad no one got too severely injured. This should be an example of what happens when people come speeding down Baldwin at 80 miles per hour all day.”

Most of the damage to the property occurred on the Wings Hawaii side of the storefronts (Paia Plaza).

“I cannot even talk about this,” said Wings Hawaii co-owner Samantha Howard. “I’m in shock.”

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Police and firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. Police have yet to release an official statement about the accident. However, police spokesman Lt. Wayne Ibarra confirmed that the woman’s injuries were non-life threatening.

**Stand by for further updates as they become known**

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The driver of the truck (left) speaks with police following the accident. Photo by Madeline M. Ziecker.

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A woman bystander is injured in the accident. Photo by Batel Shimi.

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A pickup truck crashed through the storefronts of Moana Bakery and Cafe and Wings Hawaii. Photo by Madeline M. Ziecker.

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Emergency crews and bystanders attend to the injured woman at the Paia storefront crash. Photo by Batel Shimi.

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Don Ritchey, owner of Moana Bakery and Cafe, speaks with police at the scene. Photo by Madeline M. Ziecker.

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A firefighter walks by the rear of the crashed vehicle. Photo by Madeline M. Ziecker.

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