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1 dead, 2 injured in crash at KCC; market canceled

By Michael Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 08:05 p.m. HST, Mar 15, 2014

A 26-year-old woman died Saturday after she was struck by truck at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers' Market.

University of Hawaii student Annie Runland was setting up a vendor tent for employer Licious Dishes when the incident occurred. She was taken to critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where she later died.

Two other people sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Licious Dishes owner Sylvia Thompson, a truck that was parked near her stall had just moved and another truck owned by Ma'o Farms was trying to maneuver into the stall next to hers.

"I was buying vegetables from one of the other vendors when I heard people screaming," Thompson said. "I had seen the (Ma'o Farms) truck backing up. I looked back and I saw all the commotion coming from where we were. Everything happened so quickly."

According to witnesses, the truck was reversing when it suddenly accelerated over a curb and struck Runland.

Thompson said the driver, identified by police as a woman in her 20s, tried unsuccessfully to control the truck.

"She tried to stop it but it went in reverse," Thompson said. "Then she tried to pull the key out. The key fell out but the engine was still running."

Another vendor ran to the driver's aid, holding down the truck's brakes while someone else disconnected the battery, Thompson said.

Witnesses performed CPR on Runland until paramedics arrived.

"I held her hand and told her, 'You've got to keep going. You can't leave us yet. Hold on,'" Thompson said.

Thompson's husband Pete, 64, was also struck by the truck and knocked backward off his feet. He was transported to a local trauma center for examination. A 51-year-old was also grazed by the truck but declined treatment.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The market was canceled for the day.

Police are investigating if the truck had a mechanical issue or if there was driver error, according to Lt. Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department Traffic Division.

Thompson said Runland had worked for her Greens & Vines raw vegan restaurant for about two months and was excited to help at the farmer's market.

"She was so happy and bubbly," Thompson said. "We just loved her. It's so sad to know that she's not going to come back any more."

News of Runland's death shocked the close-knit farmer community.

"The Ma'o ohana sends its condolences and sympathy to those involved in today's tragic event," the company said in a statement released just after 2 p.m. "The KCC Farmers' Market staff, vendors and customers are part of our farming family. We send our deepest aloha and prayers in this difficult time. We are working in full cooperation with Honolulu Police Department's ongoing investigation." 

About 75 vendors were scheduled to attend the market, which is usually open from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, according to the event schedule.

The market is co-sponsored by the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation and Kapiolani Community College's Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head.

Chris Manfredi, president of the Farm Bureau, said by phone that his organization was grieving.

"Our hearts are with the victims and their families as we learn the facts of this tragic accident," he said. "We grieve for the precious life that was lost."

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bullturd wrote:
Well-it's now 8:10 am. No update?
on March 15,2014 | 08:11AM
COlohe1 wrote:
u won't see one from SA until tomorrow if at all!!
on March 15,2014 | 08:21AM
eros_et_logia wrote:
It's a potential crime scene you idiot. They are not going to open today. Take your bullturd somewhere else.
on March 15,2014 | 10:25AM
paniolo wrote:
Just read from other sites that the 26-year-old woman has died. My ALOHA to her ohana. Hoping for a speedy recovery for the other accident victims.
on March 15,2014 | 10:39AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
mitt-grund below shows him/herself to be a vile maggot with the suggestion the event was maliciously intended. I am friends with people who work at the market and it truly was an accident, with the driver weeping uncontrollably afterwards. she killed her friend by accident. those posting wild speculation and blame here are nothing but slugs. those who were involved in the accident were and are good hearted and kind people and do not deserve such heartless treatment. if there is a god, he would visit upon you the ugliness you have done here.
on March 15,2014 | 05:01PM
GoldenRule wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on March 15,2014 | 08:54AM
honopic wrote:
There's nothing "funny" about the name. The college was originally called Kapi'olani Technical school when it opened in 1946, located at the corner of Pensacola and Kapi'olani, next to McKinley HS. When it expanded in 1965, the name was changed to KCC. Due to increased enrollment in the '70s, a second campus was opened on the site of the former Fort Ruger. The orignial campus was closed in the late '80s. Are you saying they should have changed the name to Monsarrat CC, since that is the avenue fronting the campus? How about Kilauea CC, for the avenue on the back side of campus?
on March 15,2014 | 09:49AM
PaloloValley wrote:
on March 15,2014 | 10:58AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I like it when they had the canons out front and all those neatly mowed lawns on Monsarrat. Expensive real estate for the military but it was well kept.
on March 15,2014 | 11:26AM
livepono wrote:
Someone died - it's neither funny nor relevant why the location is called KCC. While the discussion of the name and area is interesting, it's best saved for a more appropriate article.
on March 15,2014 | 01:55PM
kahu808 wrote:
Yes, a simple internet search would have revealed the answer. Obviously a late comer.
on March 15,2014 | 05:02PM
Anonymous wrote:
Perhaps you might want to consider that both the college is not named for the boulevard. Both the boulevard and the college (and the medical center) are named for Queen Kapi‘olani, wife of King Kalakaua.
on March 15,2014 | 06:28PM
control wrote:
The folks living in the neighborhood have long complained that the area was an accident waiting to happen - well, it has, here and now. Still going to do nothing or just wait for the law suits?
on March 15,2014 | 08:55AM
Larry01 wrote:
The people complaining were complaining about the streets around the farmer's market. This accident was on the premises. Please, no "I told you so" for this one.
on March 15,2014 | 11:55AM
bumbye wrote:
Did you even read the article? It wasn't on the street, but at the farmer's marking in the KCC parking lot.
on March 15,2014 | 01:23PM
control wrote:
This is not the original article that was posted. The first one was one of the SA's typical, useless twitter-cr*p that said three people were hit at the KCC event and nothing else.
on March 15,2014 | 04:01PM
TigerEye wrote:
So, there were fewer actual facts posted for you to draw your conclusions.
on March 15,2014 | 04:43PM
honopic wrote:
It was only a matter of time before something like this happened in that parking lot. While there are HPD officers controlling traffic at the entrance to the farmers' market, none are at the entrance to the parking lot, which is a four-way stop in front of Diamond Head Theater. A uniformed security guard waves cars into the lot, but does not monitor the intersection. Almost every week when I go to the market, I see drivers roll through the stop signs, ignoring pedestrians in the crosswalk, and not paying attention once they're in the lot, while looking for a space. Several times, I have nearly been hit, usually by by cars backing out of stalls. I escaped injury because I consider every moving car to be a threat until I am out of that lot and safely across the street. The fact that this happened at around 6:30, an hour before the vendors can begin selling, and three people were hurt, leads me to believe the driver was speeding in the lot with no regard for pedestrians.
on March 15,2014 | 09:07AM
TigerEye wrote:
"Only a matter of time" before a vendor ran over one of his/her own workers? I'm not seeing where your own experience relates to what was reported here.
on March 15,2014 | 01:10PM
bumbye wrote:
Honopic didn't read the article, and therefore was uninformed when s/he made that comment.
on March 15,2014 | 01:25PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
honopic, the driver ran over her coworkers with their company vehicle, while setting up. No regard for pedestrians? You're grasping for straws.
on March 15,2014 | 07:48PM
bumbye wrote:
SA should rename this section Comments and Speculation.
on March 15,2014 | 08:50PM
HOSSANA wrote:
No excuse for that commercial driver to hit anyone much less 3 pedestrians in the parking lot...that's absurb....idiot driver definitely should get his license suspended for life...no excuse for hitting anyone esp. in the parking lot......
on March 15,2014 | 10:29AM
Larry01 wrote:
Did you read the article? The truck surged and jumped a curb, and police are investigating possible mechanical issue. Whether human error or mechanical, accidents happen - you can't condemn before you know the facts. If you trip over something, does that mean you shouldn't walk for the rest of your life?
on March 15,2014 | 11:57AM
HOSSANA wrote:
see blog below by mitt_grund.......
on March 15,2014 | 02:54PM
TigerEye wrote:
mitt_grund the expert witness? mitt_grund the traffic engineer? No, mitt-grund the anonymous poster.
on March 15,2014 | 04:45PM
bumbye wrote:
Did you even read the article? Oh, just the headline.
on March 15,2014 | 01:25PM
HOSSANA wrote:
see blog below by mitt_grund.......
on March 15,2014 | 02:55PM
HOSSANA wrote:
No excuse for commercial driver to hit anyone esp. in the parking lot......driver definitely should have his/her license suspended for life...nothing more and nothing less.
on March 15,2014 | 10:30AM
nssanes wrote:
We have an outrageous number of "pedestrian" deaths
on March 15,2014 | 11:20AM
what wrote:
Let's ban something!
on March 15,2014 | 02:11PM
awahana wrote:
This is what happens when cars and people get in the same areas.
If they don't change how its arranged, it won't be the last tragedy.
They need to have the vendors park in a vehicle only area, and then the booths, tables, tents in a separate area, and they can cart their products over to their tents.
Very unsafe setup.
I don't even trust tailgating, but people are too passive and not mindful of what can happen when you have drivers and machines in the same place as pedestrians.
on March 15,2014 | 12:06PM
mitt_grund wrote:
The truck was seen by witnesses to speed up, jump the curb, and strike the worker. Having run over the victim, the driver proceeded then to back up over her. According to some witnesses the driver appeared to be purposefully accelerating the truck.

Guess, question should be other than an accident, did the two young workers have a previous altercation?. Was it vehicular manslaughter or transmission malfunction? A coincidence that the victim was a co-worker of the driver? Also, that rather than stopping, the driver chose to back up over the victim. If the first strike didn't do the job, the second one sure did. Sad that the victim was so young. However, she may get some justice. Lots of witnesses. An older victim would probably not even warrant an investigation. After all, given the follow up on pedestrian/vehicular accidents. to HPD and the city prosecutor, old people really don't seem to count.

on March 15,2014 | 12:57PM
papaya wrote:
ridiculous assumptions
on March 15,2014 | 04:58PM
richierich wrote:
My condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. May she rest in peace.
on March 15,2014 | 02:06PM
Leewardboy wrote:
People - please read the article carefully before posting. The driver of the truck and the young woman who died were not co-workers. They worked for two different businesses - one being a farm and the other selling prepared vegan food.
on March 17,2014 | 12:23AM
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