Plater said he was pulling into the parking lot when he saw the driver of the SUV fleeing. He said a woman was behind the wheel.
"I saw maybe four or five guys chasing after the vehicle as it was weaving through the lot," Plater said. "It had a lot of damage to the rear passenger side."
He told the news station that he followed the SUV as it circled the mall. He attempted to give as much information as possible to a 911 dispatcher before the driver “gunned it” and fled the scene, Plater said.
Police said witnesses provided the license plate number of the vehicle, which had not been reported stolen. The investigation is continuing.
A spokeswoman from the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii told Hawaii News Now that the agency is helping care for the woman’s children while she recovers in the hospital.
"They are doing all they can to get through this," Jessica Lani Rich told the station. "The good news is the children were strapped in."