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2 pedestrians killed in separate Kalihi accidents

By Gregg K. Kakesako


Two pedestrian were killed in separate traffic accidents that occurred Tuesday in Kalihi.

Police said a man hit by a vehicle while crossing Kamehameha Highway near the Middle Street onramp Tuesday night, died at the hospital at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Paramedics took the 60-year-old man to the hospital in "extremely critical condition," according to an Emergency Medical Services report. However, police said they haven't been able to confirm the man's age.

Lt. Charlene Lau, a Police Department Traffic Division spokeswoman, said the man crossed the highway, despite a don't walk signal at 9:01 p.m. when he was hit.

Lau said a witnesses driving town-bound tried to warn the pedestrian, who had reached the median strip and continued to cross the road against the light.

The driver of the vehicle involved, a 67-year-old Aiea woman, was heading ewa on Kamehameha Highway and had the green light when she struck the pedestrian, Lau said.

Police closed all ewa-bound lanes on Kamehameha Highway, between Laumaka and Middle Streets, while Traffic Division officers investigated the accident.

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 49-year-old woman, backing out of a private road in the 600 block of North Vineyard Boulevard, hit a 60-year-old pedestrian who lives in the area, Lau said.

An ambulance took him in critical condition to the hospital, where he died.

The driver faces possible third-degree homicide charge.

However, the Vineyard Boulevard death does not count as part of the official Oahu traffic fatality list, Lau added, since it happened on private property.

There have been 39 traffic deaths on Oahu public roads so far this year, compared to 38 the same time last year.

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