Dog Chapman Nephew not Charged
From: "johnb" <john.buffam@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: 12 Mar 2007 10:52:01 −0700
A nephew of Duane Dog Chapman was critically injured in a one−vehicle
accident early Sunday morning in lower Puna on the Big Island of
Hawaii. Justin DeRago Bihag, 24, of Pahoa, apparently lost control of
the vehicle he was driving and ran off Highway 132 into a tree near
Lava Tree State Park. Police arrived at the crash site at 2:20 a.m.
Bihag was taken via ambulance to Hilo Medical Center where he was
admitted, unconscious, with multiple injuries. He was later
transferred to The Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, but was still
listed in critical condition due to extensive injuries. Bihag was
alone in the car driving home to Pahoa from a friends house.
Once a bounty hunter−in−training with a recurring role on DOG THE
BOUNTY HUNTER during its first season, Bihag was arrested for
suspicion of several offenses, including driving under the influence
and inattentive driving, but had not been charged with any of the
offenses as of Monday evening. He has no prior criminal record in
STATEMENT FROM THE CHAPMANS (3−06−07):
Justins mother, Moon Angell of Colorado, flew to Hawaii to be close
to her son, so he was surrounded by family when he regained
consciousness on Monday.
His Uncle Dog, Aunty Beth, Leland and Uncle Tim were all there,Ç
Angell said. He saw that he was surrounded by those he loves and who
love him so much, and tears were running down his face...tears mixed
Bihaga has several lacerations to his face and head, and his right leg
had to be reconstructed. Numerous wounds on his stomach, chest, and
everywhere were stapled, according to Angell. He also has internal
bleeding, a broken hand and crushed fingers, she said.
We are extremely concerned about his well−being, said Bihags aunt,
Beth Chapman. His injuries are life threatening. Hes hurt very,
very badly and heÙs lucky to be