Family and friends say a 31-year-old man sustained brain and spine injuries after a tow truck plowed into his compact car earlier this week.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Jim Braddock, who is originally from New Jersey, is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
The husband and solar consultant was the driver of one of 10 cars that the tow truck hit on Wednesday in Kaneohe on Oahu island.
The 52-year-old tow truck driver told police she was hauling another truck when the brakes started to fail.
Police said the tow truck hit vehicles in both lanes of a two-lane highway off-ramp.
Police said some witnesses told officers the tow truck driver was on a cellphone.
Three women in separate cars were also injured and taken to the hospital.