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Woman hit by garbage truck in Kalihi dies

Accident is the second pedestrian fatality in the area this month

By Gregg K. Kakesako

POSTED: 06:23 a.m. HST, Feb 27, 2014

A 71-year-old woman was killed crossing a Kalihi street Thursday while in a marked crosswalk, just a half block from where another woman was killed earlier this month.

Honolulu Police Lt. Bobby Towne said a city garbage truck hit the 71-year-old woman at about 5:50 a.m. on North King Street near Gulick Avenue.

The pedestrian, whose home is near the intersection, was on her way to work, Towne said.

Paramedics took her in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where she died.

The garbage truck, driven by a 57-year-old woman, was turning left from North King to Gulick Avenue.

Speed, alcohol, and bad weather were not factors in the accident, Towne said.

The intersection is controlled by a traffic light and the victim was obeying the traffic signals when she was hit in the crosswalk, Towne said.

Police closed Ewa-bound lanes of North King at Kalihi Street and makai-bound lanes of Gulick Avenue at Beckley Street while Traffic Division officers investigated. The road reopened by 8 a.m.

On Feb. 4, Clarita Ocol, 67, was returning from an early-morning walk through her neighborhood when a pickup driver struck her in a crosswalk on North King Street between Gulick Avenue and Mokauea Street.

The impact knocked Ocol out of her shoes and threw her body more than 20 feet.

Ocol was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where she later died. Police have opened a negligent-homicide investigation.

She was struck by a Chevy pickup truck driven by a man in his 40s, police said The road was wet from rain at the time and visibility may have been a factor, police said.

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