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Man hit by trolley near Ala Moana dies

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:53 p.m. HST, Jul 21, 2013

A man died Saturday afternoon at Queen’s Medical Center after he was hit by a trolley near Ala Moana Beach Park Thursday night.

The victim was taken to Queen’s in critical condition after the accident. Police said he appeared to be in his 20s.

The man was crossing the intersection at Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street when he was hit by an E Noa Tours trolley traveling Ewa at 10:55 p.m. Police said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors on the part of the trolley driver, a 39-year-old Kaneohe man.

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mikethenovice wrote:
We had numerous trolley accidents a few years ago. These vehicle have the driver sitting in the middle instead of the left side because it is really a modified vehicle that is retrofitted. It's way up high and they drive fast where lots of people are. On top of that, they are driving and talking to the visitors on the mic, PA system. I will never go in front of one of these whether I am walking or driving my pickup.
on July 21,2013 | 04:41PM
allie wrote:
agree...they are dangerous.
on July 22,2013 | 06:25AM
mikethenovice wrote:
I think the last accident before this was a elderly man that was dragged underneath one of these trolly. Fortunately, he survived.
on July 21,2013 | 04:43PM
yhls wrote:
These trolley drivers speed on a regular basis throughout the Waikiki and Ala Moana areas. Because jaywalking is so prevalent, it's remarkable more people aren't hit. Even if the trolley driver sees the victim, the time it takes to stop these large vehicles wouldn't be enough to prevent an accident.
on July 21,2013 | 05:42PM
Pocho wrote:
Pedestrians got to use the crosswalk
on July 21,2013 | 05:49PM
GAC wrote:
get rid of these trolleys we have enough traffic already . they cause more traffic by stopping and going . drivers of these vehicle are focusing on being a tour guide and driving this vehicle. always a accident waiting to happen.
on July 21,2013 | 07:55PM
Anonymous wrote:
Each trolley replaces many many taxis.
on July 22,2013 | 03:57AM
cojef wrote:
They are needed to cater to the tourist industry which is Hawaii's life blood. Honolulu is beset with jay walkers as noted in Sunday's guest editorial page, "obnoxious pedestrians". Taxis are okay, but are limited to the number of passenger they can carry, and tourist like the ambience that trolley provides. Also it is very economical and the tourist love them. The cause of the accident has not been fully investigated and as such it is better to refrain from making or concluding that the trolley caused of the death of this youth. Unfortunate accident that could have been avoided, yes. Condolences to the family of the deceased.
on July 22,2013 | 08:20AM
sailfish1 wrote:
i would think that there is a crosswalk at an intersection. If not painted, it would be an implied crosswalk at an intersection.
on July 21,2013 | 08:27PM
Anonymous wrote:
"Implied crosswalk". I think it's funny you made that term up.
on July 22,2013 | 03:56AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Those trolley drivers are a menace on the roads. They speed too much and don't stop for people.
on July 21,2013 | 08:29PM
allie wrote:
agree..and I said so 3 years ago. Please be careful!
on July 22,2013 | 06:26AM
aomohoa wrote:
I get what you are all saying but it is amazing how many people just walk out into traffic without even looking.
on July 21,2013 | 08:47PM
Anonymous wrote:
Totally agree with you, aomohoa.
on July 22,2013 | 03:58AM
allie wrote:
on July 22,2013 | 06:27AM
SueH wrote:
As a tour driver in Waikiki, the most difficult part of my job is dealing with the PEDESTRIANS....Most of them in Waikiki think the whole place is just a giant shopping mall and regularly step out into the street without even looking. If they wait at the curb, they do so with toes hanging over into the street. If the wheels of my bus happen to jump over the curb in a tight turn, they could lose their feet!! Driving is dangerous in Waikiki, not because of the traffic, but because of the pedestrians who jaywalk and wander into the streets without looking.
on July 22,2013 | 08:25AM
sohappy2beme wrote:
It completely blows my mind how pedestrians will step out into the road, both at the mall and on the street, without even looking for oncoming cars. Yes, perhaps they do have the light to cross. Perhaps we as drivers are supposed to yield to them. But does any of that really matter if you're dead because some driver wasn't paying attention?
on July 22,2013 | 02:09PM
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