Several truck drivers witnessed the accident on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway. Damien Julius of Kona Transportation was one of the first people on the scene after Friday morning's two-vehicle crash. He says at the time no one knew one of the three victims was Colt Brennan.
Julius was heading to Kona near Makalawena Beach Park just after 9:30 Friday morning when he noticed an accident ahead.
"Was kind of like smoke across the highway," said Julius. "Had one car flipped over in the lava field and then there was an SUV on its side. We had to use our fire extinguishers from our trucks to douse the small kind flames from the vehicles."
The 47-year-old Waikoloa woman in the sedan was not moving. He says a male was still inside a Toyota SUV. A woman was outside screaming for help.
"He was stuck, he was kind of pinned. He was trying to crawl and I was trying to tell just to stay put yeah basically," said Julius.
At the time he didn't know it was Colt Brennan.
"From the way he was positioned under the vehicle I saw his head and I could hear him screaming and I was trying to put the towel because there was bleeding coming yeah," said Julius. "There was a small crack, I would say about a foot that he was trying to squeeze out of that his head could barely fit out of but he was moving, he was trying to get out of the car."
Julius says another driver was following Brennan's SUV which was heading south bound.
"He was right in the back of Colt and he watched them lose control and they crossed over into the lady," said Julius.
While other witnesses calmed Brennan's girlfriend, 27-year-old Shatki Stream, Julius called dispatch and assisted police with traffic control. He says the 47-year-old victim was air-lifted from the highway to North Hawaii Community Hospital and then transported to the Queen's Medical Center.
The 27-year-old Brennan and his girlfriend were initially taken to Kona Community Hospital in serious condition. Brennan was later flown to Oahu by air ambulance with severe head and back injuries. He was then transported to the Queen's Medical Center Friday afternoon.
"When we all found out, none of us here kind of like work like wow what? You know because shoot he's a hero you know to us he is," said Julius.
Brennan's girlfriend Shatki Stream is from the Big Island. Friends say he often spends much time in Kona when he is back in Hawaii.