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Pedestrian killed by car Friday died of blunt force trauma

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:12 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014


A Makiki woman died Monday of a blunt force trauma as a result of a motor vehicle accident, according to the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office.

Edna Funayama, 68, died of injuries from an accident in Makiki Friday, the medical examiner said Monday.

She was the first traffic death of the new year.

Funayama, a pedestrian, was struck by a car at the intersection of Makiki Street and Wilder Avenue.

She was crossing Wilder at 12:41 p.m. fronting St. Clement's Episcopal Church when she was hit by a white 2005 Ford Explorer driven by a 71-year-old Kailua woman. Police said the vehicle hit Funayama as the driver was making a left turn onto Wilder. 

She was in a marked crosswalk. 

The victim was taken with head and internal injuries to the Queen's Medical Center, where she died. 

A friend said Funayama was on her way home, a few blocks away from the scene of the accident, when she was struck.

Excessive speed and alcohol were not suspected as factors, police said.






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bleedgreen wrote:
Isn't there a stop sign at this intersection when turning from Makiki St onto Wilder?
on January 6,2014 | 07:47AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Actually, it used to be only stop signs back in the day, but it's got traffic lights now. And it sounds like the driver must have been going makai on Makiki St. and turning Koko Head onto Wilder with the green light. So my guess is that Mrs. Funayama was crossing Wilder headed mauka with the walk light.
on January 6,2014 | 08:13AM
hanalei395 wrote:
I'm not familiar with the place, but I'm wondering if there is an on left-turn red arrow when the walk light is also on.
on January 6,2014 | 02:44PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
The walk lights and the arrow lights are coordinated so that a ped/auto will not happen unless there is an infraction made.
on January 6,2014 | 03:22PM
hanalei395 wrote:
No kidding.
on January 6,2014 | 03:50PM
kekelaward wrote:
Could the age of the driver be a contributing factor?
on January 6,2014 | 10:37AM
lee1957 wrote:
There is a 71 year old Kailua woman who should not be driving for a while.
on January 6,2014 | 10:45AM
SueH wrote:
Sounds like a typical local driver who doesn't look ahead any farther down the road than their front bumper.
on January 6,2014 | 10:55AM
honopic wrote:
"Typical local driver" sounds like a typical bigoted comment. Your prejudice is showing.
on January 7,2014 | 01:25AM
kuasol1 wrote:
While driving every day, I see pedestrians in a crosswalk looking straight ahead, oblivious to the vehicles in the roadway. Their assumption is that they have the right-of-way. Therefore, no need to look to the left and right. This is a very dangerous assumption. I do a lot of health walking and running. I always look to the left and right. Crossing a street, whether you have a green light or not, without looking to the left and right can get you seriously maimed or killed.
on January 6,2014 | 10:57AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Thank you.
on January 6,2014 | 03:23PM
tutulois wrote:
There's a traffic light with a walk signal. I suspect that the pedestrian was walking with the walk light, and the other driver was just inattentive. I cross that intersection often, and try to be careful about the drivers who are just incapable of imagining that there are people walking across the road.
on January 6,2014 | 01:16PM
samidunn wrote:
"Died from blunt force trauma", isn't that what normally happens when your hit by a car.
on January 7,2014 | 05:38AM
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