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Rough landing injures glider rider

A male hang glider pilot was in serious condition yesterday after a crash above the residential area at the end of Kalama Valley.

The hang glider came out of a cloud and its pilot misjudged his elevation, forcing him into a "semi-controlled crash landing" about 200 feet beyond the last homes in Kalama Valley, Honolulu fire Capt. Robert Main said.

When firefighters reached the man, he was alert but complaining of pain and was unable to walk out of the valley on his own, Main said.

Firefighters carried the man to the end of Kalama Valley, where paramedics were waiting, Main said.

Paramedics then took him to a trauma center in serious condition, said James Ireland, director of the city’s Department of Emergency Services.

Ireland did not know the man’s age.

Crash hurts mo-ped operator

A mo-ped rider was critically injured Friday night in a Kahuku crash that appears to be alcohol related, police said.

The 24-year-old Hauula man was traveling Haleiwa-bound on Kamehameha Highway near Puuluana Street about 10:30 p.m. when he drove off the right shoulder and crashed.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said. He was not wearing a helmet.

Cardiac arrests put 2 in critical shape

An elderly man and woman were in critical condition yesterday after they went into cardiac arrest in separate incidents on the North Shore and at Ala Moana Beach Park, said James Ireland, director for the city’s Department of Emergency Services.

In both cases, the 61-year-old man and the woman in her 60s did not have pulses until lifeguards, firefighters and paramedics revived them, Ireland said.

The 61-year-old man was treated near Chun’s Reef on the North Shore at 11:41 a.m.

Then at 12:39 p.m., the woman was discovered at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Ireland did not immediately know whether both victims had been in the ocean.

Officer in pain after struggle

Police arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly threw a police officer to the ground Friday night during a knife fight in Pearl City.

Responding to an 11:56 p.m. report of a knife fight at Pearl City Shopping Center, officers found the man fighting with a 31-year-old man who had a knife.

When police tried to detain the younger man, he struggled with the officers and threw one officer to the ground. The man was booked on suspicion of assault and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Police did not arrest the older man.

The officer received treatment for head pain at Pali Momi Medical Center and was released.

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