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Man in critical condition after hit by city bus in Waikiki

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:36 p.m. HST, Jun 28, 2014

A man in his 70s was critically injured when he apparently was knocked over by a city bus in Waikiki on Saturday, the second pedestrian collision involving a city bus in three days.

Witnesses told police that the man was attempting to enter the bus through one of the side doors when the bus pulled away, knocking him to the ground.

The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. at a bus stop on Ala Moana Boulevard, across the street from Kobe Japanese Steak House.

The man suffered injuries consistent with the bus running over his legs, according to Lt. Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division.

The man, who has a Waikiki address, was conscious after the incident and briefly spoke with police before paramedics transported him to the Queen's Medical Center.

Towne said police will review surveillance video from the bus as part of the investigation.

 Police closed two westbound lanes to investigate.

On Thursday a 55-year-old Kalihi man was killed when he was hit by a city bus while crossing North King Street near Gulick Avenue in Kalihi. That crash happened about 4:35 a.m.

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localguy wrote:
With an ongoing string of pedestrians being struck by city buses and trash trucks, it is clearly obvious these two agencies need new leadership. Those in charge should accept responsibility for their willful leadership failures as Shinseki did and immediately resign. New leadership is needed to ensure all drivers are trained to standard and checked regularly. Kirky boy also shares responsibility as the senior bureaucrat and also resign.
on June 28,2014 | 02:58PM
SueH wrote:
You're awfully quick to demand for "those in charge" to resign. What makes you so automatically and positively sure these accidents have any direct relationship whatsoever to "those in charge" at the vehicle agencies?? I've seen many more careless and clueless pedestrians randomly step into the street, and especially when they think painted crosswalk lines guarantee their safety, than I have seen careless bus or refuse truck drivers. I think we need insist on more pedestrian responsibility and awareness to reduce these types of accidents. The resignation of "those in charge" won't help, they aren't the ones being run over.
on June 28,2014 | 03:15PM
nitpikker wrote:
as a driver and pedestrian i wish more people were like the cautious mongoose than the proud rooster when crossing the road.
on June 28,2014 | 03:38PM
islandsun wrote:
yeah the proud rooster on the cell phone or just let out from the care home.
on June 28,2014 | 07:26PM
8082062424 wrote:
it there drivers that are killing folks. get real do you work for the city?
on June 28,2014 | 03:41PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I agree! It seems in this last incident, a lot of details are not available. I find most bus drivers have a very good sense in handling their vehicles. No one wants to see anyone get hurt but we all need to drive and walk safely.
on June 28,2014 | 04:01PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
SueH, some guys are very quick to denigrate the government and its officials. Maybe we should wait for more info before jumping to conclusions.
on June 29,2014 | 08:19AM
palani wrote:
The article says that the man hurt in the Waikiki accident "...was attempting to enter the bus through one of the side doors when the bus pulled away...". That makes him a thief injured in the commission of a crime.
on June 28,2014 | 06:07PM
jeffhonolulu wrote:
At first I thought it was a tourist that didn't know how to enter our bus. But this man has a Waikiki address, I agree with palani !!
on June 28,2014 | 09:12PM
50skane wrote:
He might have been trying to hitch a free ride by getting in from the second side door after someone else got off. Pretty stupid and I guess he paid for it.
on June 28,2014 | 09:13PM
goodday wrote:
hmmm....I know that buses won't move when the side doors are opened. When the side doors get stuck open the bus driver always asks a passenger to get them to close before he starts moving.
on June 28,2014 | 09:58PM
hikine wrote:
There a lot on inconsistencies in the news. One station says he was getting off the bus.
on June 29,2014 | 02:25AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Any pretext, no matter how flimsy and premature, to go after officials you don't like. Drop a retainer on some lawyer and take 'em to court! Then you'll have some skin in the game.
on June 29,2014 | 12:24AM
hikine wrote:
Very critical condition... he died! Condolence to him and his ohana
on June 29,2014 | 02:24AM
Mike174 wrote:
Entering through side door? Bus cannot move with door open.
on June 29,2014 | 06:59AM
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