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Woman pedestrian, 88, who died after Kuakini crash identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:05 a.m. HST, Aug 17, 2012


The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office identified an 88-year-old Honolulu woman who died after she was hit on Kuakini Street Thursday morning as Martha Miura of Nuuanu.

Police said Miura was hit by a 2004 Honda Civic while she crossed Kuakini Street in front of the Kuakini Medical Center just before 6 a.m.

Paramedics took Miura in “extremely critical condition” to the Queen's Medical Center, where she died, police said.

A 63-year-old woman driving the Civic was heading west on Kuakini Street to get to work at Kuakini Medical Center.

Miura, who was not in a marked crosswalk, sustained head and internal injuries, police said.

Police closed Kuakini Street for about 2 hours and re-routed traffic on Bachelot Street while they investigated the crash.

A third-degree negligent homicide investigation has been opened. 

The woman's death was the 44th on Oahu roads so far this year, compared to 34 at the same time last year.







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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hawaii crosswalks - the deadliest places in the State. When will something be done? How many more seniors must be injured or killed?
on August 16,2012 | 08:32AM
bobbob wrote:
doesn't look like there's a crosswalk... but I agree. All the crosswalks without signals on major roads need to be removed. Those things are death traps.
on August 16,2012 | 08:51AM
olos73 wrote:
There is no crosswalk there. If you enlarge the pic, there's an orange circle on the road at the tip of the yellow lines. That's how HPD marks where the person was hit for their investigations. She was not in a crosswalk. Sad to say, but updates said she passed.
on August 16,2012 | 10:11AM
bobbob wrote:
RIP
on August 16,2012 | 11:37AM
Jonas wrote:
Problem is that people will cross where there are no crosswalks...just like this lady did. I don't understand seniors who seek to save a little bit of time by crossing wherever. Very sad and tragic ending to save an extra 5 minutes.
on August 16,2012 | 02:56PM
WesleySMori wrote:
Well JONAS, Sometimes The ELDERLY DO NOT Have That 5 Minutes Of TIME/STRENGHT To MAKE It To The CROSSWALK. I'M NOT CONDONING "JAYWALKING" JUST SAYING: WE NEED TO BE, "MORE ALERT" FOR OUR "ELDERLY POPULATION"!!!! "GOD BLESS HAWAII & AMERICA"!!!!!!!!!!
on August 16,2012 | 04:55PM
f8ldzz wrote:
If you can convince these "seniors" to safely cross the road, you will have eliminated 99% of these types of accidents. Good luck, cause I see a lot of them doing the exact opposite. You make like these seniors are not at fault; the reality is that they are not 100% in most cases. People need to get it in their thick skulls that car versus pedestrian will almost always have the car winning, period.
on August 16,2012 | 01:38PM
saveparadise wrote:
These people are moving slowly and are in plain view. How in the world can you hit an elderly pedestrian unless you are not paying attention?! This is negligent homicide in an obvious form. C'mon people of Hawaii, put down the cell phones, don't drink and drive, and for heaven's sake pay attention!
on August 16,2012 | 08:44AM
bobbob wrote:
6AM does not equate to "plain view". The blame is usually 3 ways - govt for their design of the roads and crosswalks, driver, pedestrian. Singling out the driver is foolhardy. Try this out, around 6AM, head out to the nearest busy street. Then slowly start shuffling across the street while not in a crosswalk, and see how easy you are to see by drivers.... This is why anytime you cross the street it should be with extreme caution. If cars are coming, DON"T CROSS, and when you do, cross as quickly as you can. Does it make sense to save 20 seconds by stepping in front of a series of cars, but risk your life? Maybe 9/10 drivers WILL see you and slow down, but all it takes 1 inattentive driver, and you are roadkill. And it doesn't matter who's at fault, you're STILL DEAD.
on August 16,2012 | 08:55AM
Cubsfan wrote:
Yeah, it doesn't matter if it's an ACCIDENT! A human being is still DEAD!
on August 16,2012 | 09:46AM
kailua_hi wrote:
Pedestrians need to take responsibility for their own safety. All these unenforceable laws we have just lull pedestrians into a false sense of security. Car vs. Pedestrian, pedestrian always loses. Wise up people.
on August 16,2012 | 02:10PM
bobbob wrote:
And on another note, I think that new pedestrian law that they passed a year or so ago, has a lot to do with the recent rash of pedestrian deaths. Basically, all it did was give people a sense of entitlement when they cross streets that they have right of way, and as a result are a lot more brazen in stepping in front of cars. People are exercising less common sense when they (think they) are shielded by this law.
on August 16,2012 | 09:03AM
soshaljustic wrote:
An 80 yr old does not have a "sense of entitlement when they cross the street..." as some would believe. They have enough focus of mind just to get where they are going and feel an entitlement to breath in the morning! The driver that takes a life of an elderly person on the roadway needs far more discipline in the driving community than does ANY OTHER DRIVING FATALITY of crosswalks and pedestrians. CLEARLY SLAMMING YOUR CAR OR OTHER VEHICLE INTO THE FRAGILE ELDER SHOULD REQUIRE SPECIAL LAWS AND PUNISHMENTS!! These Kapuna no give you a chance to see a ball thrown into the roadway to slow down, as our children do, BUT THEY ARE OUR SOCIAL RESOURCE OF THE MEASUREMENT FOR A MORAL AND JUST SOCIETY! Mowing them down in the roadway, signifies something abhorrent in our society!
on August 16,2012 | 09:16AM
bobbob wrote:
Lovely sentiment, but the pedestrian crossed in the dark and outside of the crosswalk. I doubt the driver saw her until it was much too late. What would "far more discipline" accomplish? Better than a punitive system, which goes into effect after someone is already killed.... is designing roadways so they aren't pedestrian deathtraps. How often do you come upon crosswalks with extremely poor lighting, that it is impossible to see someone crossing because there's cars streetparked on both sides, because there's no light or push button hazard sign to tell drivers someone is crossing? You can roid rage all you want about punishing evil inattentive drivers, but that addresses only 1 of the parties involved, and threatening harsher punishment after the fact, barely addresses the problem.
on August 16,2012 | 09:39AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Unfortunately when the driving public is brought to the burden of necessity in yielding for pedestrians or face the consequences of a death caused manslaughter charge, that may just curb the weapon of destruction that is focused on our slower moving elders, especially near their frequented social communal areas-Similarly kids are in schools-Elders tend to visit HOSPITALS< CLINICS
on August 16,2012 | 10:02AM
bobbob wrote:
I think things like driver and pedestrian education can help, but it's not easy to change people's behavior. It's been tried time and again over the years, with little success. Harsher punishment can help somewhat as well, but generally people won't consider the consequences until after the deed is done. Similar to dui, theft, speeding issues, basically most crimes or banned activities, guess it's human nature.-------- IMO by far, the most immediate and direct thing that will make crossing roads safer for pedestrians is if the city/state designed the roads and crosswalks to be safer.
on August 16,2012 | 11:46AM
pakeheat wrote:
Sorry bobbob, at 6am its not dark during that time, just need to pay attention to pedestrians who sometimes think like you said earlier they have a right to cross anywhere.
on August 16,2012 | 12:16PM
f8ldzz wrote:
Are you implying that you can avoid every potential accident? You've got better reflexes than I do.
on August 16,2012 | 01:31PM
pakeheat wrote:
Who said anything that I had better reflexes? You have to be alert on the road for anything like driving defensively? But one thing is clear, anytime a pedestrian crosses a street or crosswalk you better make sure you give the car enough time to stop or slow down.
on August 16,2012 | 05:06PM
CalliesMom wrote:
Before you assume that it's light out at that spot, on that street, at 6am, why don't you check it out yourself. It IS getting light out but it's at these times of day, sunrise and dusk, that it's more difficult to see our kupuna slowly crossing the street. Of course we all need to be vigilant always. I deeply feel the pain of both the driver and the pedestrian. I cried for both of them today. I wish there was more we could do to prevent this as well as taking personal responsibility whenever we step out of our homes to keep our paths safe.
on August 16,2012 | 04:38PM
pakeheat wrote:
Are you sure as bobbob says it was dark? Do you live in that area? I live in the Kalihi-Palama area and by 6am it's not dark, want to bet?
on August 16,2012 | 05:03PM
f8ldzz wrote:
Very bad assumptions here.
on August 16,2012 | 01:29PM
Cubsfan wrote:
Like acting like a "JOKE" and not respecting the RULES!
on August 16,2012 | 09:47AM
glick wrote:
You hit the nail right on the head! People have walked in front of me without thinking of looking all ways. Thankfully, many others wave a little thank you, others try to jog a bit in return.
on August 16,2012 | 06:00PM
olos73 wrote:
When a driver lets me cross the street, I give them a "mahalo wave" to show that I see them and usually they nod back. That way, both of us sees the other. And, I try to do a light jog (bad back) so they can go on their way.
on August 16,2012 | 06:55PM
johnkailua wrote:
AMEN , ANOTHER INTELLIGENT BEING ON PLANET EARTH. THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE......I AM A DRIVER, PEDESTRIAN AND QUICKLY BECOMING OF KAPUNA AGE. TO SURVIVE WE SHOULDN'T TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS. ROADS ARE MAINLY FOR CARS/ VEHICLES. BE SAFE, CROSS AT CROSSWALKS WHEN SAFE AND INTERSECTIONS ON GREEN, BE VERY ATTENTIVE AND VISIBLE. IF ABSOLUTE, NO CROSSWALK FOR MILES, BE VERY AWARE THAT THE RISK INVOLVED MAY LEAD YOUR DEATH. BY THINKING THAT WAY, YOU WILL TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTION AND IF DEATH OCCURS, YOU MAKE A WRONG DECISION, PERIOD.....
on August 16,2012 | 07:48PM
f8ldzz wrote:
Sunrise on this day was officially 06:11. Sunrise and sunset are two of the most dangerous times of the day. People think they can see better than they really can due to the low-light conditions. Due to the location of the accident, you have Punchbowl blocking the rising sun, then add a brightening sky in the background. Add not the best eyesight - even with corrective lenses - from an older driver, and that's a very bad combination.
on August 16,2012 | 01:24PM
bobbob wrote:
well said! BTW I know you from FH.
on August 16,2012 | 04:58PM
johnkailua wrote:
I DON'T USE THE CELLPHONE, DRINK AND DRIVE AND IS VERY AWARE AND ATTENTIVE WHILE DRIVING. THE BOTTOM LINE IS PEDESTRIANS ARE TAKING MORE RISKS. C'MON PEDESTRIANS, LIKE ME AT TIMES, WASN'T THE CAR IN PLAIN VIEW AND OBVIOUSLY NOT SLOWING OR STOPPING. IF ELDERLY AND SLOW, A TRAFFIC LIGHT AND CROSSWALK WAS 20 YARDS AWAY, SHE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY.NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE OF NEGLIGENCE IN JUDGEMENT TO SAFELY CROSS A 2 LANE STREET AT 6AM? THE DEAD RIGHT LAW ONCE AGAIN CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM, BY GIVING A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.
on August 16,2012 | 07:27PM
Peacenik wrote:
Crosswalk is not in front of hospital, which may be why people tend to j-walk. there's a street. opposite the hospital, where cars turn right on to kuakini, and people tend to cross where car turns. sort of like a blind spot.
on August 16,2012 | 09:09AM
bobbob wrote:
Yeah, those right turns are killer. It's why you should always make eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross in front of them. Because unfortunately, most of them don't look right-left-rigth, then turn. They look left, then look right at the same time they're making the right turn. ---------------- But I honestly cannot understand people's mentality. Even if there was a crosswalk there, with no light, it's still extremely dangerous. Perhaps even more deaths would occur because more people would be crossing there since it's "safer". Why would you risk your life to get to the store, home, or wherever a couple minutes faster? If you're going to cross or jaywalk, simply make sure you can walk fast, and that there are no cars coming. If you cannot, then take a couple minutes to walk to the nearest crosswalk with a light.
on August 16,2012 | 09:14AM
false wrote:
false3. Walk faster? I hope when you're past 80, that you can still stride across the street. Maybe all elderly pedestrians should have to take a walking speed test to get a license to walk. Those that fail must stay home.
on August 16,2012 | 11:44AM
johnkailua wrote:
BEEN THERE , DONE THAT , MAKING A RIGHT ON RED, STOPPED FOR PEDESTRIANS CROSSING, TOTALLY CLEAR NOW, LOOKING FOR A SAFE BREAK IN TRAFFIC , LOOKING RIGHT THEN LEFT , ALL'S CLEAR TO GO, STOP.... THERE'S AN IDIOT ON HER BIKE, RIDING FROM THE LEFT A FOOT IN FRONT OF MY HOOD......
on August 16,2012 | 07:57PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Not sure where she crossed but there is a crosswalk with a stoplight between the hospital and the medical center.
on August 16,2012 | 01:09PM
olos73 wrote:
She was less than a hundred feet from that light.
on August 16,2012 | 02:18PM
MWF3 wrote:
Plain and simple reckless driver or not paying attention.
on August 16,2012 | 09:12AM
f8ldzz wrote:
Wow, what a display of ignorance.
on August 16,2012 | 01:32PM
CalliesMom wrote:
Don't make assumptions.
on August 16,2012 | 04:41PM
bobbob wrote:
Lovely sentiment, but the pedestrian crossed in the dark and outside of the crosswalk. I doubt the driver saw her until it was much too late. What would "far more discipline" accomplish? Better than a punitive system, which goes into effect after someone is already killed.... is designing roadways so they aren't pedestrian deathtraps. How often do you come upon crosswalks with extremely poor lighting, that it is impossible to see someone crossing because there's cars streetparked on both sides, because there's no light or push button hazard sign to tell drivers someone is crossing? You can roid rage all you want about punishing evil inattentive drivers, but that addresses only 1 of the parties involved, and threatening harsher punishment after the fact, barely addresses the problem.
on August 16,2012 | 09:37AM
DRD wrote:
These comments are all over the planet. As a senior citizen, I am increasingly aware of the dangers of Pedestrian injuries, not only from crosswalks, but from anywhere there are motor vehicles in proximity. Do you think you are safe when you are standing on the curb at Ala Moana Blvd? Does that curb really protect you from a car that fails to negotiate a turn properly. But it is sad to see needless lives lost by these more than expected and frequent incidents. My views coincide most closely with bobbob.....I think we all are to blame. I continue to be amazed at how distracted drivers (including myself) will allow themselves to get, while those crossing streets are not showing the level of concern they should - especially young people who are busy looking down and away, playing with their iphones, or distracted in some other manner. I realize these comments do not apply to an 80 year old crossing the street who has limited capacity to maneuver, and therein lies the challenge for the city and state to somehow acknowledge the need for safer conditions for our increasingly aging population of citizens - there are many strategies that other communities have employed which we should consider. And maybe that's what we should be concerned with before forking out billions for rail.
on August 16,2012 | 10:36AM
Grimbold wrote:
Right, pedestrians should also pay attention to traffic just like a good driver pays attention to side roads, even when the traffic light is green..
on August 16,2012 | 03:30PM
Bean808 wrote:
Very dangerous street. I guess that can be said for all of our streets drivers are not courteous.
on August 16,2012 | 10:51AM
Anonymous wrote:
Crosswalk? No crosswalk? I don't see one for at least 50ft. either way but it DOESN'T MATTER......Why don't we call it a RIGHT OF WAY. Pedestrians are the ones who are the disadvantaged in a showdown with a car!! Hawaii Lawmakers need to WAKE UP and create safer physical areas for pedestrians BEFORE the incident and not stiffer penalties AFTER the fact. Typical though as we live in a knee jerk reaction State with little foresight.
on August 16,2012 | 11:17AM
HLOEWEN wrote:
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on August 16,2012 | 12:18PM
f8ldzz wrote:
Speed limits too high? I would like you to volunteer to not drive in our state if you feel this way. You're an accident waiting to happen. Speed limits are set by Federal DOT rules. They should be almost consistent from state to state. Unless you use to live in a moronic county with a sheriff who wants to pad their revenue with excessive speeding tickets, the speeds limits should all be the same.
on August 16,2012 | 01:35PM
Snator wrote:
So, is the driver of the car that hit her will now be held for $100k bail like the Austrailian jet skier???
on August 16,2012 | 12:39PM
Cubsfan wrote:
Too bad the Aussie has a bail. I wish he had no bail and the death penalty!
on August 16,2012 | 01:57PM
livelovelaugh wrote:
I was thinking the very same thing. Two families are devastated. One lost the chance to see their child grow and live up to her full potential. Another is witnessing their child possibly losing his chance to live up to his full potential. Either way, there are no winners. I can only pray that God and those who've been wronged, are more merciful on those who've been merciless to that boy. I pray blessings upon all those who have left us, and those left behind...May both find peace in their lives.
on August 16,2012 | 02:17PM
allie wrote:
not again!
on August 16,2012 | 12:57PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
How come they took her to Queens when Kuakini is right there???
on August 16,2012 | 01:07PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
yeah, that's what i was thinking as i was reading these posts.
on August 16,2012 | 02:02PM
olos73 wrote:
Someone in another news site stated that Queen's has a trauma center, Kuakini does not. I thought ALL hospitals had trauma centers.
on August 16,2012 | 02:20PM
rs56657 wrote:
If she was in front of Kuakini Hospital...why was she taken ALL THE WAY TO QUEENS?
on August 16,2012 | 02:19PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Sad news for both the driver of the car and of course the victim. I will pray for both families during this difficult time.
on August 16,2012 | 03:07PM
Grimbold wrote:
Pedestrian should watch out for traffic too, even in a crosswalk. Some just shuffle across like blind chicken not looking left or right. Those share some blame for their being run over.
on August 16,2012 | 03:28PM
caregiver808 wrote:
I am so sorry for the victim and the driver. Whenever I drive past that location, I always see someone jaywalking, and to add to that danger, a lot of cars exceed the speed limit. It is so close to the traffic light at the entrance to the hospital, but a lot of people choose to jaywalk. Do they need a pedestrian activated light? It is so hard to convince the elder population not to jaywalk.
on August 16,2012 | 04:11PM
GAC wrote:
there's not enough street light. go up and down nuuanu ave at night see how dark it is. people need to be more aware when they cross the street. pedestrian is always right attitude is always in play. try look around and see if the young one hurry up when they cross, no they take their sweet time knowing you need to turn . entitlement again , if you hit me i will sue attitude . it all comes down to all the politicians and law makers again. get more common sense people in our government
on August 16,2012 | 05:16PM
johnkailua wrote:
ONCE AGAIN WE ARE FACED WITH TRAGIC NEWS OF OUR "DEAD RIGHT LAW," A LAW THAT SUPPOSE TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS. BUT IN MY OPINION IT ENACTS PEDESTRIANS TO TAKE MORE RISK ON OUR ROADS, EVEN WHEN IN A CROSSWALK OR HAVING THE RIGHT OF WAY. THE TROUBLING THING IS THEY ARE DEAD OR ARE DIEING IN RECORD NUMBERS,BUT THOUGHT THEY WERE RIGHT. I'M A DRIVER AND ALSO OFTEN TIMES A PEDESTRIANS AND SAFETY , SURVIVAL IS MY PRIORITY. SINCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS CLOSE CALLS NEARLY STRIKING A PEDESTRIAN. HARD AS IT IS TO DRIVE A VEHICLE IN THIS HIGH VOLUME, CLUTTERED ROADWAYS, ADD IN POOR LIGHTING, WEATHER CONDITIONS, BLIND SPOTS, ETC. WE NOW PLACE PEDESTRIANS ON ROADS, THINKING A LAW IS GOING TO PROTECT THEM AS THEY ARE BECOMING MORE ARROGANT WHEN STREET CROSSING. CROSSING ON A RED LIGHT, STEPPING OUT IN FRONT OF MOVING VEHICLES WITHOUT EYE CONTACT, WEARING ALL BLACK IN THE DARK OF NIGHT, BEING TOTALLY INATTENTIVE AND AWARE OF SURROUNDINGS ETC , ETC. THIS LAW IS FULL OF FLAWS, PROBABLY WRITTEN TO PAD PLAINTIFFS LAWYERS AND TO MAKE INNOCENT, LAW ABIDING CITIZENS, EXPOSED BY THE MEDIA, INTO CRIMINALS.....MAYBE THE ONES THAT WROTE THE LAW ARE THE ONES HITTING AND RUNNING1111
on August 16,2012 | 07:03PM
HLOEWEN wrote:
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on August 17,2012 | 12:02AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Ban ALL passenger cars? Is that for ALL overcrowded cities worldwide? What's your solution, bus or rail? Ridiculous.
on August 17,2012 | 06:47PM
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