Surfboard crashes through windshield on freeway; driver relatively uninjured
In this image provided by Donard Sonoda, an unidentified man stops to assist driver Jerrin Ching (not seen) after a surfboard smashed through the front windshield of his car on a freeway in Honolulu, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.. (AP / Courtesy of Donard Sonoda)
Published Tuesday, September 3, 2013 5:38PM EDT
HONOLULU -- A man was driving along a Honolulu freeway over the weekend when a surfboard crashed through the windshield just inches from his face, leaving him with only scratches on his face and arms.
Jerrin Ching was driving on the H-1 freeway Sunday morning when the red surfboard came out of nowhere and pierced through the glass, he told KHON- TV.
"I'm just thankful to be here," he said. "After it hit, I was like what just happened?"
Witnesses told police the surfboard fell off an overpass and bounced off a school bus. Ching said he on his way to pick up a friend at the University of Hawaii, when "all of a sudden I see this red thing come out of nowhere and turns out it was a surfboard. And it just crashed through my windshield."
It's not known who the board belongs to, or where it came from. "Can you please claim your board, and I don't know, pay for the windshield or something?" he said. "Because you almost killed me."
Ching called it a "freak accident."