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Woman, 88, dies after being hit by garbage truck in Nuuanu

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 04:56 p.m. HST, Mar 25, 2013


An 88-year-old woman was killed returning to her apartment at Queen Emma Gardens Prince Tower this morning when she was hit by a private garbage truck in a loading zone next to the complex’s parking lot.

Emergency Medical Services said the pedestrian was taken at 8 a.m. to the Queen’s Medical Center, where she died. The woman, a resident of Queen Emma Gardens, was returning home from her morning walk when she apparently walked behind the garbage truck while it was backing up, according to police.

The truck driver, a man in his 30s, is an employee of Rolloffs Hawaii.

Doug Asay, president of Rolloffs Hawaii, issued a statement this afternoon saying the company was "deeply saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected."

He said the company is cooperating with the Honolulu police investigation and that the driver has been out on administrative leave.

The police investigation is on-going and no arrest has been made.

This is the second death this year on Oahu involving a garbage truck.






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RetiredWorking wrote:
I passed by the accident scene a few minutes after the woman was hit. So sad. Maybe patience and caution would have prevented this from occuring. Sad for the young driver who must carry this burden.
on March 25,2013 | 10:28AM
pakeheat wrote:
So true to read another tragic accident involving an elderly person.
on March 25,2013 | 12:04PM
niimi wrote:
The confluence if someone who probably walks slowly, a driver who is focused on the loading process which itself is hazardous, and the darker morning since it was rather still dim in downtown Honolulu at that hour, and we have this tragedy. I wonder if backup sensors such as the ones used in passenger vehicles could be applied to these trucks. They are more reliable than a backup camera since they will immediately produce an audible alarm in the driver's cab when an obstruction enters and remains within the sensing zone.
on March 25,2013 | 05:09PM
Ewa808 wrote:
This is truly sad. Condolences to the family! This company/its drivers seems to be reckless. My wife was coming down H3 and tailgated the most of the way. She was doing 70 to create space but the truck was right on her bumper. Previous to catching up to her, the driver was weaving in and out of traffic and also did so after he passed her. I called the company to report it and all i got was told to leave a message on a voicemail box.
on March 25,2013 | 11:34AM
Anonymous wrote:
Rolloffs. What a bunch of garbage.
on March 25,2013 | 06:51PM
Ewa808 wrote:
driving home in heavy pau hana traffic today....another Rolloffs garbage truck...driver full on texting while driving and not paying attention...SMH!
on March 25,2013 | 08:45PM
allie wrote:
May God be with her soul
on March 25,2013 | 11:42AM
serious wrote:
All the latest car models have the rear view video---these garbage trucks should definitely have them--I know they work fast, in and out, that's their job but?????
on March 25,2013 | 11:50AM
false wrote:
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on March 25,2013 | 12:23PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I think need at least another person watching the back as it backs up.
on March 25,2013 | 12:49PM
PTF wrote:
All commercial vehicles are required to have back-up warning alarm. I think the next step for the refuse truck company is to install reverse cameras and sensors. At least that way the driver can see in the camera of any objects in the rear and also the sensors will alarm once the vehicle gets within 5 feet of an object.
on March 25,2013 | 02:47PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Wasn't there a similar incident in Aiea where an elderly person was struck by a garbage truck backing up? At 88 years old unlikely able to react or move fast enough to get out the way of a moving truck.
on March 25,2013 | 12:47PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
These rolloffs go to many apartment complexes. It services the apartment that includes my sister and my mom, who at nearly 83, is not allowed to go out wandering and walking on her own.
on March 25,2013 | 12:47PM
nitpikker wrote:
unfortunate. but common sense tells you dont walk behind any large truck w/engine running.
on March 25,2013 | 01:15PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I am 55 and my reflexes are slowing down, compared to my teens, when i knew i could jump down a three foot high wall for instance, whereas now i cannot jump down without fears that i may tumble forward and ultimately fly head first into a solid ground. I can imagine how much slower reflexes an 80 year old would face. Gee lots of verbage lol.
on March 25,2013 | 02:18PM
TigerEye wrote:
Unfortunate indeed... That common decency fails to tell some people not to make stupid comments following tragic accidents.
on March 25,2013 | 02:28PM
IAmSane wrote:
She was an elderly woman, ffs.
on March 25,2013 | 10:32PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Garbage truck drivers back up in traffic and have cars slam on their brakes. They don't care about anybody or anything because they are driving a large truck. They will run over you if you don't get out of the way.
on March 25,2013 | 02:35PM
niimi wrote:
To the contrary, as recent as two decades ago people overwhelmingly had the patience and respect to let large trucks have a right of way. Nowadays, I see trucks wait sometimes several minutes before someone even lets them backup. I think Kawipoo's observation holds true in many cases, but I can see equally many cases where no one lets the truck back up.
on March 25,2013 | 05:11PM
sailfish1 wrote:
When they back up these garbage trucks, they need someone behind the truck directing the driver and watching for oncoming cars and people.
on March 25,2013 | 03:47PM
Anonymous wrote:
$20K passenger cars have back up cameras in them these days. You can buy them on the internet for $50. You would think that large commercial trucks that have large cones of zero visibility and back up frequently would have cameras retrofitted on them as a requirement by their insurance provider (at a minimum). But that would make way too much sense.
on March 25,2013 | 03:49PM
niimi wrote:
You cannot buy one that is regulated by industry to be properly installed with the same precision across thousands of vehicles. Those backup camera systems in passenger vehicles were designed into the vehicle. Retrofits are hardly ever as good. A truck can back up into traffic with as much of a variance as 160 degrees of view to traffic. How many cameras and angles could be managed from a single camera? And their corners swing wide in front, too. So they need cameras there, too? How big a screen do you think would be needed to support multiple camera angle views in a truck? And what of the electrical system in the vehicle? Does that need to be redesigned, too? Then you're going to whine about the driver having been too distracted by watching 6 to 8 different camera views instead of watching traffic. Boy, Anonymous, that would make too much sense. Eyes rolling at you.
on March 25,2013 | 05:16PM
Anonymous wrote:
Easy Einstein. Just ONE wide-angle camera mounted at the highest point of the truck facing down at 45 degree angle and pointing (center of lens) roughly 10 feet away from the back of the truck will provide 20 x 20 feet of view directly behind the truck. This can spot children playing or someone crossing into the path of the truck AND still give the driver time to stop granted it's traveling at a low speed... which he/she should be. Thousands of buses and trucks have been RETROFITTED with back up cameras that are just as effective and reliable as those that are integrated into the vehicle as new. 6-8 camera views... LOL!!!!
on March 25,2013 | 08:04PM
PTF wrote:
All of our vehicles at work have rear view cameras as well as back up sensors. Other than the vehicles that already has the cameras and sensors install, we had every vehicle from automobiles to our commercial vehicles retrofitted with these devices. Our safety committee came up with this idea to cut down on reversing accidents. Seems like ever since we had the cameras and sensors installed, our reversing incidents fell to zero..
on March 25,2013 | 08:15PM
inverse wrote:
Was there a camera in the Condo parking lot? Would like to know how fast this guy was going in reverse. Is the guy on "uku pau" hours where the quicker he makes his garbage pickup runs, the quicker he can finish work for the day?
on March 25,2013 | 04:40PM
niimi wrote:
I've seen dozens of trucks in operation and I've never seen them rush in reverse while processing refuse loads. The facts will come out eventually.
on March 25,2013 | 05:17PM
niimi wrote:
There's a reason why the waste company is jokingly referred to as Rollover Hawaii.
on March 25,2013 | 05:06PM
agumakiki wrote:
what happen to common sense ? ? or maybe should have a second person watching when reversing the truck! !
on March 25,2013 | 07:49PM
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