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Second pedestrian killed in Oahu traffic accidents

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:26 p.m. HST, Jun 26, 2014

A second pedestrian has died from injuries sustained in Oahu traffic incidents on Thursday.

A woman who was injured after being hit by a sports utility vehicle on Kailua Road became the second pedestrian fatality.

A 55-year-old man was killed on Thursday when he was hit by a city bus in Kalihi, in the third early morning fatal pedestrian accident in that area this year.

The Kailua accident occurred about 11:45 a.m. at 1257 Kailua Road, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

Police closed the eastbound lanes of Kailua Road between Uluoa Street and Ulumanu Road while they investigated the accident. The Kailua accident was the second involving a pedestrian on Thursday.

The man killed in Kalihi was crossing North King Street near Gulick Avenue.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after the 4:37 a.m. accident, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

The man was in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a city bus that was Koko Head-bound on North King Street near Richard Lane.

Rains and wet roads in the area may have contributed to the accident, police said.

Police closed King Street between Middle Street and Gulick Avenue in both directions as Traffic Division officers investigated the accident.

Officers reopened one lane in the Koko Head direction and all lanes in the Ewa direction by about 7:30 a.m. and cleared the scene by 8:30 a.m.

There have been several fatal or critical pedestrian accident in the Kalihi area this year, including two pedestrian fatalities near the same North King Street and Gulick Avenue intersection.

On Feb. 26, a 71-year-old woman died after she was hit by a garbage truck at about 5:50 a.m. in a marked crosswalk on North King Street and Gulick Avenue.

Earlier that month on Feb. 4, Clarita Ocol, 67, was returning from an early-morning walk when a pickup driver struck her in a crosswalk on North King Street between Gulick Avenue and Mokauea Street. Ocol suffered critical injuries and died later at the hospital.

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kiragirl wrote:
Wasn't there another pedestrian fatality in the same location not long ago?
on June 26,2014 | 06:57AM
1local wrote:
really dark in some areas. crosswalks should have blinking indicators at night / day. both pedestrians and drivers need to look out for each other. Pedestrians need to be dilligent when crossing - no cellphones / headsets. Pedestrians should wear reflective / lighted devices at night.
on June 26,2014 | 07:12AM
PTF wrote:
I don't like using crosswalks that are not in a stoplight. Especially when the road is wet and the crosswalk is hard to see.
on June 26,2014 | 07:38AM
Mei mei wrote:
agreed !!! Drivers really really need to be vigilant and just be aware of pedestrians, especially at cross walks !! i walk everywhere and hesitate to step on to the cross walk , until the driver waves me over/make eye contact, etc...
on June 26,2014 | 12:21PM
JnS wrote:
By the new Ewa Laulani Village Shopping Center, there is a cross walk, without stop lights, but when a pedestrian clicks the walk button, warning lights on both sides of the street blink and light up. At night, this is very visible and a great warning for drivers, very safe. We need to implement more of these.
on June 26,2014 | 10:40AM
PTF wrote:
Sort of like the one on S. King St. at McCully Times.
on June 26,2014 | 02:09PM
PTF wrote:
So far three pedestrian accidents in that area from Middle St. to Kalihi St. on N. King St.
on June 26,2014 | 07:36AM
bumbye wrote:
So sad.
on June 26,2014 | 10:29AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
King Street is only 6 miles long--yet over the past 4 years HPD handed out more tickets on King Street to drivers using cell phones than on any other roadway on Oahu! My guess is that because there are numerous housing projects, condos, apartment buildings, businesses, schools, etc., along or near King Street, facilitating the need for several crosswalks per mile, that HPD is trying their utmost to insure that drivers are alert to pedestrians crossing in crosswalks, amongst other things. As most of know, according to AARP, Hawaii has the highest senior pedestrian fatality rate in the nation. Driver and pedestrian alike, beware while on King Street--especially when it's dark and rainy--crosswalks aren't easily visible even to attentive drivers with excellent vision and reflexes.
on June 26,2014 | 07:23PM
bumbye wrote:
I think there were two others around there. I was trying to get to the lab on Gulick one day and King St. was blocked off. And another one was a garbage truck accident. So sad.
on June 26,2014 | 10:28AM
Skyler wrote:
The Kailua one, yes; the Kalihi one, I don't know.
on June 27,2014 | 12:14AM
cojef wrote:
Someone was asleep at that hour and looks like it could be either???
on June 26,2014 | 07:55AM
false wrote:
Another sad story, people in a rush leads the deaths. It's very typical everywhere, people need to slow down...what's the rush?
on June 26,2014 | 07:56AM
808Cindy wrote:
on June 26,2014 | 08:31AM
scooters wrote:
City Buses speed often.
on June 26,2014 | 09:05AM
nitpikker wrote:
or pedestrian carelessness. i have seen pedestrians crossing the street with the attitude of "you gotta stop for me, i'm a pedestrian". guess who will lose that game?
on June 26,2014 | 09:10AM
4watitsworth wrote:
Agree nitpikker. Although this may not apply to this incident, I often see pedestrians step into the street when cars are approaching and expect cars to stop for them. My brother always yells out his window, "Do you want to die?!?!?!?"
on June 26,2014 | 10:33AM
false wrote:
And the city wants to add restricted bike lanes on King Street. Roadkill!
on June 26,2014 | 06:21PM
kiragirl wrote:
Agree. Cars making left turns will surely impact bicyclists:)
on June 26,2014 | 07:13PM
lkn wrote:
Not sure what happened in this situation but bus drivers are notorious for speeding and running "yellow" lights. I see it everyday.
on June 26,2014 | 09:13AM
beachbum11 wrote:
And red lights too. Come watch them at the airport. Bad driving
on June 26,2014 | 09:59AM
stingray65 wrote:
Do the bus driver get tickets?? Hell no!!
on June 26,2014 | 04:28PM
stingray65 wrote:
No, pedestian think the drive saw them!! or they think they own the road…crossing anywhere they please.
on June 26,2014 | 04:27PM
lookup wrote:
I dont know about speeding...not that early in the morning...no traffic, no rushing to keep up with schedule. Probably poor visability. Prayers for all of those involved! Driver must feel terrible and family of the victim will need comfort as they mourn. We need to wait for more info from the media.
on June 26,2014 | 09:34AM
Perez808 wrote:
So sad for both the family of the deceased and the driver. I'm sure all who are involved are devastated.
on June 26,2014 | 09:38AM
twitter6 wrote:
Pedestrians need to pay attention and don't assume the lines on the road will protect you. Crosswalks are a false sense of security. Keep checking traffic until you reach the other side.
on June 26,2014 | 09:44AM
honopic wrote:
Perhaps when these kinds of tragedies occur, the news report should include information about what the pedestrian (or cyclist) was wearing. They already advise when alcohol or speed is involved. Dark clothes at night, especially when it's raining, can make someone almost invisible to drivers until it's too late. I can't count the number of times I've been startled by a pedestrian or bike rider appearing in my headlights with just a few seconds to react. I purposely drive slowly through intersections at night, even when I have the green light or the cross street has a stop sign. There are some places, like the 3-way intersection near Iolani, that are acccidents waiting to happen, especially when someone in dark clothes is riding a bike with no lights or reflectors. I purposely avoid that intersection at night because I've seen it too many times. The same with pedestrians, in or out of crosswalks. Just because you can see the car coming doesn't mean the driver can see you.
on June 26,2014 | 09:54AM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
I am totally with you honopic! 100%!! Many automatically assume the driver is at fault. When really, why cross when a bus or even a car is coming at you. Remember the vivid commercial about looking both ways before proceeding into an intersection and it shows a motorcycle board siding the car that went before looking. They should do the same kind of commercial with pedestrians wearing dark clothes vs clothes that make them more vivid to drivers. All the way around, this is sad, my condolences to the family and friends of this young man!
on June 26,2014 | 10:44AM
richierich wrote:
Here's a simple solution. Look both ways before crossing the street.
on June 26,2014 | 09:57AM
PMINZ wrote:
I was taught that over 60 years ago and still look both ways even if I have a Green or Walk light. This morning about 7AM at Pensacola and Beretainia the light had Turned Green for Beretania and some Dumb Lady using a Cel Phone still walked across the street between the Cars against the Red. Lucky for her they all managed to stop.
on June 26,2014 | 11:23AM
stingray65 wrote:
on June 26,2014 | 04:35PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Another one!
on June 26,2014 | 11:34AM
false wrote:
Hard to speculate on this one. Speeding, inattention, both? I've driven this stretch many times at night and the lighting is pretty dim. As a driver you really have to make a conscious effort to look for pedestrians in the many crosswalks that aren't at stoplights. That said, if you are aware, you shouldn't have a problem in seeing the pedestrian. If I were a pedestrian, especially at night, I wouldn't cross unless at a stoplight, and even then you have to be on your toes.
on June 26,2014 | 12:00PM
awahana wrote:
Drivers on this island are scary.

We are all pedestrians at some point. Walking from your car in the parking lot, to the store entrance, there you go. You cannot blame us. Even if peds are in the wrong, you have to be careful as a driver. Its called defensive driving. That's how my dad trained our family, and we've never had an accident that was our fault, for over 40 years, out of 11 of us, so far anyway...

4 of us have CDL and a clean abstract. Just pay attention and be careful. No excuses.
on June 26,2014 | 12:22PM
inverse wrote:
On Oahu, most intersections in town have stop lights are not far apart from each other. As someone else pointed out remove all crosswalks that are not at a stoplight or Stop sign. For example some crosswalks on S King St crossing around Keamoku St to University Ave have crosswalks by themselves that are only a really short walking distance to a crosswalk at a stoplight.
on June 26,2014 | 12:25PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Deep condolences. Having lives in that area for 50 years, I am acutely aware of dangerous conditions. First, one must be a defensive pedestrian as well as a defensive driver. Why? Because in any collision between Man and Machine, Machine always wins, whether the collision was unintentional or not. The only time it's a draw is if the Machine is moving at 10 MPH or less. Also, it seems as if a lot of those collisions occur during an hour in which a motor vehicle operator thinks that people may not be crossing streets, and may let the guard down and proceed without caution. Third, because of the weather, it is prudent to think of the speed limit as 5 MPH less than the posted speed limit. I think the speed limit here was 25 MPH. Why is it so low on a major thoroughfare such as King Street? Because it's a residential neighborhood. Come to think of it, I knew a person who worked for a company I worked for, who lived on Richard Lane. I hope this wasn't that guy.
on June 26,2014 | 01:53PM
Jonas wrote:
This is sad and tragic. The bottom line: if you are a pedestrian, you need to be more aware and vigilant than a driver. I don't care if the driver is at fault or if the pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk with flashing lights over their head - the pedestrian will always lose this battle if they are not cautious.
on June 26,2014 | 02:23PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Best case scenario is if a pedestrian is also a driver. A pedestrian who does not have a driver's license will always be at the disadvantage. Secondly, some people think that they are immune to injury and all vehicles will stop for them, even when they are in marked crosswalks, and they proceed into an oncoming vehicle's path, knowing that there is a chance of a collision. People who have played sports know of this: get out of the way of a FASTBALL !!!
on June 26,2014 | 07:33PM
kaeleku wrote:
Decorative street light fixtures (green ones) only lights up the sidewalk, not roadways. Overhead lighting use to be over roadway before. Does this past safety laws with correct lumens for streets?
on June 26,2014 | 03:35PM
Grimbold wrote:
Crosswalks across main roads are traps. Better would be divided Crosswalks with a small pedestrian island in the center of the road , like in use in Europe. This way pedestrians can stop in the island and need to only observe one lane for cars.
on June 26,2014 | 04:16PM
nssanes wrote:
These "marked crosswalks" are death traps. Literally.
on June 26,2014 | 04:24PM
stingray65 wrote:
In Waipahu, pedestrian does not care about the cross walk!! they just cross anywhere!! They even cuts those wires to prevent them from crossing in that area..No cops, at all or cops just wait until someone get hit by the big SUV, then call ambulance…or meat wagon..
on June 26,2014 | 04:25PM
Grimbold wrote:
Well who lives there? Obviously folks from a different civilization.
on June 27,2014 | 12:39AM
mosquito1210 wrote:
I thought the writing of the article was a little wierd ,it stared with the kalihi story and jumped to kailua and jumped to kalihi ,Is it me or the article was confusing ?
on June 26,2014 | 05:12PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Article was confusing. That's why anyone can access it, that is one does not have to be a paid subscriber, which is ironic because one would think that HSA cares about quality and apparently not if they have an internal "public" issue. This means one thing and one thing only:


on June 26,2014 | 07:39PM
control wrote:
It started out as two separate articles. Some ID10T at SA decided to merge them and didn't bother to read the end result.
on June 26,2014 | 07:58PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Public to pubic
on June 26,2014 | 08:55PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
In other words it's the Hawaiian Airlines syndrome: now that Aloha is gone, we just have to wait for the first major disaster in their history to pull them down from Cloud Nine.
on June 26,2014 | 08:58PM
bumby2day wrote:
They should put all the rookies police officer in downtown area to watch ALL the people crossing when the red hand start to count down to 5, 4, 3, and they still crossing and you trying to make a right or left turn. THAT'S A BIG, BIG PROBLEM IN DOWNTOWN people don't care at all, you can go to downtown and watch all the people cross the street when the red light hand comes on they just keep on walking, like it's there right to cross when the red hand come on, the number can be 1,0, and the start running across the street and we can't even turn right or left because of ALL these people break the law and the Police Department is NOT doing any about it.
on June 26,2014 | 06:00PM
lee1957 wrote:
Never, ever, ever trust anyone behind the wheel of a car.
on June 26,2014 | 06:21PM
Robert109 wrote:
There is a very simple safety rule that I was taught that I taught my kid. Never, ever walk in front of a moving vehicle. It does not matter if you are in a crosswalk, you can still get hit by a moving vehicle. Sure the car is supposed to stop if you are in a crosswalk. Would you rather be right or would you rather get hit?
on June 26,2014 | 11:47PM
Skyler wrote:
I'd rephrase that to, "Would you rather be right - or dead right?"
on June 27,2014 | 12:18AM
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