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Police arrest pickup driver accused in pedestrian fatality

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:27 p.m. HST, Apr 06, 2013

Police this morning arrested the 53-year-old pickup truck driver who allegedly struck and killed an 88-year-old Kapahulu man on Friday.

The victim, Hiroaki Shihara, was taken in critical condition to the Queen’s Medical Center, where he died a short time later of multiple injuries, police said.

The truck driver struck Shihara at 12:30 p.m. Friday as he crossed Kapahulu Avenue in a marked crosswalk near the intersection of Herbert Street.

Shihara lived on Herbert Street near the accident scene.

Family and friends said he often caught the bus and may have been heading toward the bus stop on the Ewa side of Kapahulu.

The driver was released a short time later and has not been charged.

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serious wrote:
The headline doesn't depict the article???????
on April 6,2013 | 03:58PM
atilter wrote:
s/a has been having some very curious developments concerning article titles lately...are they indicative of much more serious developments wthin the hallowed halls of our monopolist periodical?...outside of a handful of quality writers worth reading, many of the comments rival or surpass some of the articles' quality themselves...which begs many provocative questions about s/a existence and/or usefulness.
on April 7,2013 | 12:09PM
iwanaknow wrote:
And the truck drivers name is?
on April 6,2013 | 04:37PM
false wrote:
John David Doe
on April 6,2013 | 06:26PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Last night's TV news said a Tongan guy from Kahuku.
on April 7,2013 | 06:47AM
false wrote:
Nowadays it takes a split second between things ok and things gone wrong. A younger person could survive the hit. Secondly a senior in a rush to get somewhere is not in line with their life style. Condolences to the family.
on April 6,2013 | 06:31PM
mitt_grund wrote:
It's really sad that the value of life ceases when you hit the age of 65. Notice how little follow up there is in investigating the traffic/pedestrian deaths of victims 65 and over. These people no longer have value to society. Due process for these old people who are no longer of use to society would use up valuable financial resources. The law says one thing, the investigative process and judicial process say another. Eh, no beeg thing. They old, so why waste time, brah. Say aloha oe and get on with life. People and the judicial system have forgotten that the vehicle has a considerable weight advantage over a 65 and over body, and that due caution should be exercised always -- such as not speeding, not driving with attention, not talking on a cell phone, and not putting on that eye liner while driving.
on April 8,2013 | 07:01AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
mitt_grund, why the heck would you say such a silly thing that a human being's value after 65 is valueless? For one thing, the power of the millions of senior citizens' vote is awesome. Ever heard of AARP? Seniors have political clout. Congress is filled with politicians who are senior citizens.Old people have considerable wealth and real estate they've earned throughout their lifetime. Unsure what culture you link to, but most value their senior citizens. You made a very stupid statement.
on April 8,2013 | 01:49PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
mitt_grund, BTW, I'm over 65. I draw a pension, work full time towards a second pension, own real estate, have a wife and responsible children. It is pathetic that a person like you has the opinion that people over 65 have no value. Your parents didn't raise you right.
on April 8,2013 | 01:54PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Drivers who hit a pedestrian seldom go to jail. That's why the pedestrian has more to lose if they throw caution into the wind. No second chances here.
on April 6,2013 | 06:48PM
hikine wrote:
People just don't look who's crossing the street these days as they speed all the time! The pedestrian has the right of way in a marked crosswalk!
on April 6,2013 | 06:53PM
SueH wrote:
Yes, technically pedestrians might have the right of way, and many of them think a marked crosswalk somehow exudes a "force field' that unconditionally protects them. However, it is very unwise for pedestrians to univerally assert "right of way" power, and just TAKE it.....in a pedestrian/vehicle collision the pedestrian always loses.
on April 6,2013 | 07:53PM
BRock wrote:
That is not entirely right. A pedestrian cannot just cannot just walk ino a crosswalk if cars are close or passing by. Too many pedestrians do not watch for traffic. I think it is the law uf the jungle, the stupid and slow die.
on April 7,2013 | 01:16PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
And he was arrested because...........? SA come on!
on April 6,2013 | 07:24PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Surfer, lemme guess. Not DUI, but suspended license and outstanding warrants for traffic violations and previous DUI's. I wish the SA would've gotten that information.
on April 6,2013 | 10:51PM
sloturle wrote:
why doesn't it explain what happened? did the driver hit and run???
on April 7,2013 | 07:17AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
In the other day's article, it stated that the driver stopped 20 feet after hitting the old man. He hit but did not run. Probably couldn't run if he wanted to, because of Kapahulu Ave.'s usually heavy traffic.
on April 7,2013 | 07:45AM
wn wrote:
From what I saw (post accident). Truck was carrying a load of tree cuttings and stopped perhaps 10 ft from the cross walk. The driver was sitting on the curbside (seem distraut) no one was in his company at that time. I believe the arrest was made due to fatality of pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, we'll have to see if charges are filed. This morning, I drove down Kapahulu 5:10 a.m. and saw a truck that was pulled over by three blue and whites at corner of Winam and Kapahulu. Traffic was rather tame. Then on my walk I noticed someone had tied a ribbon on the corner of where the accident occurred. Cars still speeding along the stretch of Kapahulu (makai bound) after Date street intersection...I guess folks in a rush to get into and out of Waikiki. Sad for everyone involved in this accident.
on April 7,2013 | 07:50AM
cojef wrote:
Condolences to the victim's family. Every driver seems to be in a hurry to get to no where?? Why begs the question, and what for? Result, someone gets injured or worst die.
on April 7,2013 | 07:51AM
nitpikker wrote:
probably no insurance, no registration!! no impounding of violator vehicles means they keep driving on the roads!!!
on April 7,2013 | 10:19AM
atilter wrote:
toothless laws or weak proscution system with pansy P/C attitudes, i think...or lack funds to justify temporary jail time...it all leads to the greater possibility of subsequent incidents...aaah, only in hawaii nei
on April 7,2013 | 12:18PM
entrkn wrote:
I can't wait to see what Hawaii's cracked system of justice does with this...
on April 7,2013 | 05:48PM
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