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Second pedestrian killed in Oahu traffic accidents

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:26 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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