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Pedestrian killed in Hawaii island semi-trailer truck crash

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

A Hawaii island teen died Friday night when he was struck in a crosswalk by a semi-trailer truck while crossing the intersection of Highway 19 and Paauilo Makai Road, county fire officials said.

Police have identified him as 17-year-old John Deluz of Paauilo.

Crews arrived at the scene just before 5:45 p.m. to find him on the side of the road with multiple injuries and no sign of life. 

Hawaii News Now reports that Deluz ran in front of the Hele-On bus that he exited on the mauka side of Route 19 and into the road, where he was struck by a 1988 International semi-tractor trailer headed east, police said. He was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.

The 22-year-old driver of the semi truck was not injured. 

Traffic was blocked and detoured to Paauilo Hui Road while police investigated. It is unknown whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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notarzt wrote:
In the photos from the scene it appears that there is a crosswalk warning sign behind the bus and I suspect that there is a crosswalk in front of the bus. What was a semi-truck doing driving so fast near a marked cross walk and stopped public bus? Driver awareness is imperative where commercial highway traffic intersects pedestrian traffic! Failure of responsible situational awareness leads to these tragic consequences.
on September 8,2012 | 10:26AM
Lavakane wrote:
Where does it say the truck was driving fast. The young man ran in front of the bus and unto the highway. Failure of responsible PEDESTRIAN awareness leads to these tragic consequences.
on September 8,2012 | 05:00PM
Lavakane wrote:
Where does it say the truck was driving fast? The young man ran in front of the bus and unto the highway. Failure of responsible PEDESTRIAN awareness leads to these tragic consequences.
on September 8,2012 | 04:59PM
notarzt wrote:
The witness in the video said that the truck was traveling at 45 mph, which in the presence of a pedestrian crossing and a stopped bus is pretty fast even if it is within the posted limit. When school busses stop flashing red lights require that drivers stop for crossing children. As budget constraints bite you can expect more children using the municipal bus as a school bus. We on the Big Island are already ahead of last year's tally of traffic fatalities and it is not a record that we are proud of. Certainly the actions of a 17-year-old stepping off of the bus and crossing the street contributed to this tragedy, but if we are not willing to constructively approach the conditions that lead to an unacceptable level of death and injury on our highways we are doomed to continue repeating these tragedies. Take it from an ER Doc. Take a little care and time on the road and all come home safely.
on September 8,2012 | 05:25PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Rest in peace, John.
on September 8,2012 | 05:50PM
kainalu wrote:
"It is unknown if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash". Commerical Drivers fall under Federal laws now. Anytime that a commerical vehicle is involved in an accident that causes a death, the driver is automatically suppose to submit to a drug and alcohol test. Did that happen? Recall if you will the fiasco with the Roberts tour-bus driver that passengers said was driving erratically, while displaying symptoms of being under the influence of crystal meth. HPD failed to test him immediately following the fatal collision with an innocent driver who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
on September 8,2012 | 06:22PM
volcanohereicome wrote:
Time to put flashing red lights on all busses, not just school busses, and require all traffic to stop until pedestrian is safely on the other side of the street. Please, people, drive responsibly and use common sense when you cross the street.
on September 9,2012 | 07:02AM
Ulalei wrote:
Passed there about 10 minutes after the accident. Speed limit going through that area is 45 mph. The public bus there pulls over on the shoulder on the side of the road.
on September 9,2012 | 11:58AM
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