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Pedestrian in his 80s critically injured when hit by car

By Star-Advertier staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:53 p.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013

Paramedics took an 89-year-old man to the hospital Saturday morning in critical condition after he was hit by a car while crossing an intersection in Kahala.

The man was crossing Hunakai Street in a marked crosswalk alongside Kilauea Avenue at about 4:55 a.m. when he was struck by a Honda Civic driven by a 24-year-old woman, according to Lt. Bobby Towne of the police department's Traffic Investigation Division. The man, a Kahala resident, was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, Towne said.

The woman, who lives on the mainland but is here visiting family in Kahala, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Towne said. Hunakai Street had been closed from Koae Street to Kilauea Avenue during the traffic investigation but has since been reopened.

Speed is not considered a factor in the accident, Towne said.

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serious wrote:
Look at the time. As I have blogged before, don't walk in the dark. If the cars don't get you, the night people will!!
on December 28,2013 | 08:12AM
aomohoa wrote:
She was probably drunk and more than likely an 89 year old has no concept of the time of day. They get up really early also. How sad.
on December 28,2013 | 02:12PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
My grandma lived until 93, when she accidentally fell backwards in a rainy area and hit her head on the hard rock ground in the gardening she loved to work on. Active lifestyle ironically got her. My mom lived until 83, when pneumonia got her last month. I met a 90 year old man in Times Aiea, who came in to buy some oranges on sale. I asked him at the checker his age and he said 90 and I believed him because his skin looked dry and parched. He said he drove to Times and I remarked "my goodness". So seniors want to be independent and their independence gets them sometimes. I hope this man survives. My mom was stricken with pneumonia for a week before she passed away. Some go quick and others quicker.
on December 28,2013 | 09:40PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Here's the deal: if u r a pedestrian, u need to think of urself as a motor vehicle moving at 1 MPH. A typical neighborhood street will have speed limits of 25 MPH. Some like the Navy Housing will have speed limits of 10 MPH. One must adhere to the speed limits or these kinds of unfortunate pedestrian accidents involving seniors will continue to occur. The 80 year old man was out holoholo wanting to take in the fresh morning air. It's highly likely he lived nearby. The Kahala area has wide streets so if the man was crossing the street, he needs to realize it will take him quite a while to cross either Hunakai or Kilauea. That is a busy intersection, with a traffic light, so I hope the man went into the crosswalk on "walk" and not "don't walk". Regardless, any operator of a motor vehicle would need to be extra careful at dusk, and what's the rush anyway during those early morning hours that has virtually no traffic? So back to the pedestrian. When I walk as a pedestrian I think of myself as a motor vehicle moving at 1 MPH and I am extremely careful before I enter a crosswalk. I even walk on the sidewalk on the edge as far away from the street asphalt. I do not trust cars AT ALL. Many a time my defensive walking and defensive driving has saved me from disaster. I am 56, and that man is 80. God bless and I hope the man survives. Seniors, especially in their 80s would have a difficult time recovering from any severe accident.
on December 28,2013 | 08:22AM
serious wrote:
"When you walk as a pedestrian" Why not walk like a tank you won't get hurt!! I live in a high rise and some people are afraid to get on the 35th floor lanai. I tell them if you fall from the 1st floor or the 35th --- the result is the same. Get hit at 1 MPH or 25--same result!!
on December 28,2013 | 08:50AM
false wrote:
The newspaper will print your obit for free (as long as its not the lengthy ones) when u pass away, if your survivors allow it. If u want to make news, jump out of your apartment and we will listen to your splat at 25 MPH as u hit paydirt. u will be dead and not not see your story in the paper, however u will have your 15 minute of fame. Make sure u have someone to blame so your insurance company will pay for your death, as life insurance does not cover suicide.
on December 28,2013 | 09:43AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
serious, your last two sentences are grossly incorrect. Remember the laws of physics?
on December 28,2013 | 12:15PM
serious wrote:
Well, I did an Obama, I over exaggerated. (Not a lie.)
on December 28,2013 | 03:25PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
No, serious, you did a "serious". Exaggeration, miscalculation.
on December 28,2013 | 08:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
This makes no sense.
on December 28,2013 | 02:14PM
TigerEye wrote:
Here's a more applicable deal: "Police arrested the driver of the car, a 24-year-old woman, on suspicion of driving under the influence..." If true, the driver had no business behind the wheel to begin with.
on December 28,2013 | 08:55AM
false wrote:
Party woman.
on December 28,2013 | 09:46AM
cojef wrote:
YEp at 4:55 AM just left the party and too inebriated to drive. As seniors, we get up at 5: AM and do our 25 minutes stretch exercise and 30 minutes recumbent cycle at 3:30 PM. We are 88/83 years old.
on December 28,2013 | 10:31AM
false wrote:
Thank you. My dad's friends are both in their mid 80s and still alive. The husband drives and the wife tells her husband don't drive. omg i hope he does not run into some kids on the sidewalk one of these days.
on December 28,2013 | 10:46AM
serious wrote:
I'm in my 80's. Get up at 4 AM because the stock market opens at 4:30, keeps my mind sharp (and my pencil) but I don't do my 4 hours of daily walking until it's light--about 7 AM. and I have learned--I take the bus for shopping--for a $30/yr pass it's a deal!!
on December 29,2013 | 08:15AM
niimi wrote:
It was near dawn, not dusk And the car apparently was not speeding. Now the alleged driving under the influence is an entirely different issue.
on December 28,2013 | 11:27AM
aomohoa wrote:
4:55 is no where near dawn this time of year.
on December 28,2013 | 02:16PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
An hour before dawn and this is where all animals have an advantage because they can see infrared.
on December 28,2013 | 09:45PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
niimi, it was over two hours before dawn. Right now it's almost 630am, and it's STILL pitch black.
on December 29,2013 | 05:30AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I sure wish more elderly, or anyone walking at those hours, would wear a reflective vest.
on December 28,2013 | 08:37AM
TigerEye wrote:
"Police arrested the driver of the car, a 24-year-old woman, on suspicion of driving under the influence..." Not the victim's fault. At all.
on December 28,2013 | 08:56AM
Bdpapa wrote:
You are correct. I'm not saying that it is the pedestrians fault. I'm just trying to be preventive, but then again, a drunk driver is something else
on December 28,2013 | 09:11AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No matter if the pedestrian was 103 years old. This is a free country and if the pedestrian wanted to holoholo, the pedestrian has the right (to pursue happiness, etc. as written into our constitution). So if George Washington said we can walk around, we can. If Neil says we can have gay marriages, we can. If the State where this lady came from allowed her to drive, she can. If can, can. If Tam, no can. Now maybe this lady no can, because she probably canned the life of this man. Being behind the wheel is a privilege that is all too much taken for granted and when it's taken away, one learns their lesson. Sometimes a tragedy needs to remind us, sometimes we can, sometimes we no can.
on December 28,2013 | 10:31AM
cojef wrote:
Read my post above, we stay indoors and thus avoid the pitfalls.
on December 28,2013 | 10:32AM
aomohoa wrote:
But some prefer to walk outside. The drunks shouldn't be driving. That's it.Watch out for our senors.
on December 28,2013 | 02:19PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
So it's always the responsibility of the driver of the motor vehicle: a young person drunk or a senior unable to adequately drive, both are very similar and it will always be the fault of the driver, unless the pedestrian jumped in front of the car.
on December 28,2013 | 09:49PM
BigOpu wrote:
People have been hit by drivers not under the influence before also. Both pedestrians and drivers must watch out. Some walkers/runners where dark clothes at night and think you can see them with your head lights on. If you've been driving long enough, you've probably stepped on your brakes for a few of them. In this instance, it appears the driver was at fault. But walkers should be aware of drivers also. I hope this man recovers well.
on December 28,2013 | 09:17AM
false wrote:
Some of the worse ones are those that do not turn on their lights in tunnels. They may think they are saving their battery life, however, if one is driving without lights, both drivers in the front and back of u will not be able to see u, at least readily see u, and u may be the cause of an accident, particularly if there is a lane change. In tunnels and darkness, drivers naturally look for lights, and tail lights, and a dark car makes it difficult.
on December 28,2013 | 10:42AM
eros_et_logia wrote:
This is true. But why are people making lane changes in tunnels?
on December 28,2013 | 12:39PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The H-3 tunnel. They like race for example.
on December 28,2013 | 05:44PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
eros, people change lanes in tunnels to overtake another vehicle, who just might be a very slow moving truck.
on December 29,2013 | 05:32AM
false wrote:
Thinking out of the box, sometimes a speeding car might have their lights out and speeding in the left lane of the H-3 Tunnel and if the impatient driver who was stuck behind a slow moving truck decides to change lanes just at the same time that the speeding unlit car was speeding by, adjacent to the truck, then wham !!!!! That's what might have happened once upon a time in the H-3 windward bound tunnel, when traffic was a parking lot from The Harano tunnel almost halfway to Aloha Stadium.
on December 29,2013 | 07:24AM
aomohoa wrote:
No one said it was.
on December 28,2013 | 02:17PM
paniolo wrote:
A reflective vest wouldn't make a difference if the driver was drunk.
on December 28,2013 | 09:09AM
Ewasohappy wrote:
A reflective vest would not have prevented his injuries, the driver was DUI.
on December 28,2013 | 09:26AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Ewa, who knows? Maybe the drunk would've seen the pedestrian with a brightly colored vest.
on December 28,2013 | 09:30AM
false wrote:
If one has driven half asleep, its almost being drunk, and one needs to stop and take a nap. No sleep, no drive. Drunk, no drive. Under influence of drugs, no drive. Obey the law, before u get one SR-21 or SR-22.
on December 28,2013 | 10:36AM
aomohoa wrote:
Good idea
on December 28,2013 | 02:16PM
false wrote:
Someone needs to make a study of ALL the traffic accidents that involve senior pedestrians, and make a statistical analysis as to how many drivers are from the mainland, the age of the driver, the time of day, etc. However, that study in itself will not prevent seniors from holoholo. My mom who passed away last month at age 83, ventured out of our home and went down the steep driveway to get the mail, and fell faint and toppled over and hit herself head first onto the solid concrete driveway next door. A person came up to me and asked if I knew the lady on the ground. I went down there and found out it was my mom. This was 6 years ago in 2007 when my mom was 77. She was getting wobbly at that time, and seniors do want to venture out of their homes and "holoholo" so what are we going to do? Lock them up in the house and handcuff them? No, absolutely not. So it depends also on the senior, and that senior has to realize that hey: NO GO HOLOHOLO IN DA DAHK IN HONOLULU. LOL. OR U MIGHT GET RUN OVA.
on December 28,2013 | 09:53AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
false. No go holoholo in the dark in Anywhere, USA.
on December 28,2013 | 12:11PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ok I will not.
on December 28,2013 | 05:42PM
entrkn wrote:
Crosswalks are safe... most of the time.
on December 28,2013 | 10:39AM
false wrote:
Most of the time. Keep on looking left and right as u cross, and pay attention to any car that seems like is not going to stop for u.
on December 28,2013 | 10:50AM
syhud wrote:
I drive on Nimitz 6 days a week to work. Early morning commute between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. Sometimes I pass several crosswalks not realizing I wasn't watching for pedestrians. It can happen.
on December 28,2013 | 11:27AM
aomohoa wrote:
I bet you will now:)
on December 28,2013 | 02:21PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Buy these people a reflective base please. Under normal conditions it is effective!
on December 28,2013 | 11:28AM
HNL96813 wrote:
Hawaii, stop killing pedestrians! My privileges may be taken away by this,but I must comment. Traffic is a nightmare,agreed,but you must slow down,hesitate,and favor Life over speed.
on December 28,2013 | 12:37PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Dude the chick is from the mainland - not Hawaii. Read the article.
on December 28,2013 | 01:39PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HNL, pedestrians are killed by motorists worldwide, not just hAWAII.
on December 28,2013 | 08:19PM
alohacharlie wrote:
How in the heck does a 24 year old woman get "under the influence" at 0455 AM? Must be a real addict to either drugs or alcohol. Lets see what the courts charge her with.
on December 28,2013 | 02:22PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The blood alcohol content will indicate how long she'd been drinking. u can't get drunk in a half hour unless u chug an entire bootle of Russian Vodka really fast.
on December 28,2013 | 05:49PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Honolulu, you can get drunk in 30 minutes by downing four shots. Some might get drunk with less.
on December 28,2013 | 08:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well then the lady made a bad judgement then.
on December 28,2013 | 09:46PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
aloha, it's easy if you'd been drinking all night long. Last call is @ 4am.
on December 28,2013 | 08:23PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Ironically, there is a letter from someone regarding taking early morning walks and how she does not get any respect from drivers. OK, this driver was under the influence and no matter what time of day, it's wrong. Still...what's an 89 year old man doing walking (alone?) in the dark at 4:55 a.m.? Yes, he has the right to do so, but just because you have the right does not make it safe.
on December 28,2013 | 04:30PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If the driver was not drunk, she would have at least hit the brake hard and swerved away. It's called defensive driving, which only less than 25% of us practice. Defensive driving not so much as driving 5 MPH in a 25 MPH zone, however looking out for ANY DANGEROUS condition on the roads. The man at his age would not have been able to "dodge" the car, without hurting himself. The lady was better off not driving having had too much.
on December 28,2013 | 05:38PM
kennie1933 wrote:
And maybe the man would have been better off walking during daylight hours. I'm not blaming him for this, of course but still, you need to take precautions. I have the right to walk through a bunch of rowdy guys in Waikiki flashing $100 bills. But is that a good idea?
on December 28,2013 | 10:44PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No someone will probably grab your $100 bills including Grabuaskas.
on December 29,2013 | 03:24AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Again from my watching too much Court TV's Forensic Files, the car, which shows a cracked windshield on the passenger side will be thoroughly investigated by forensic scientists. The results of the forensic investigation plus the blood alcohol level of the driver will be crucial evidence in a trial, if a trial is held. If I were the defendant, I would plead guilty and accept the consequences. At least the driver did not hit and run.
on December 28,2013 | 05:33PM
Kaneahi wrote:
Killing streets of Oahu. Pedestrians have the right of way. He was in a cross walk. Those who point out age, time of day and other "reasons" to find fault with the pedestrian are for such, wrong. The law is the law. Until the law is changed, pedestrians have the right away and drivers have a legal responsibility to follow the law. Each of us who drives knows that driving at 25 MPH, which was the speed limit, makes it easy to stop and/or avoid a collision or in this case, hitting someone. Alcohol reduces the chance of successfully achieving safety as does excessive speed. I am sorry for the individual who died and his family and friends who have lost a husband, a father, a brother or a friend. Shame on the driver. He was in the crosswalk. The fault seems obvious. Unfortunately our liberal courts and judges will likely impose some minimal sentencing. We need stiff, mandatory sentencing for those who drink and drive. Happy New Year, please be safe and ensure safety for your neighbors too.
on December 29,2013 | 05:24AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Kaneahi, pedestrians do not always have the right of way in crosswalks. If the vehicle is approaching quickly(within the speed limit, of course), the pedestrian does not have the right to step into the crosswalk in a haphazard manner.
on December 29,2013 | 05:37AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Pedestrians have obligations in crosswalks too....http://www6.hawaii.gov/dot/walkwisehawaii/guidelines.htm
on December 29,2013 | 05:41AM
false wrote:
Yes, i myself in crosswalks look left, look right, look left, look right (an Obama habit), and never run across a street to beat the red flashing hand, because a car might hit me, and my brakes in my worn out calves are getting low in lining.
on December 29,2013 | 07:29AM
false wrote:
Yes even if one did not see him until the last second, one still has the responsibility to avoid a direct collision by doing anything, like swerving the vehicle away. The reason this lady could not avoid the collision was the probable blood alcohol content over the 0.08 threshold diminishing her normal response abilities. Look for Ian Mattach, Soldner and Yamane, etc. to be ambulance chasers. Now could the 89 year old man have helped himself? Yes, by thinking of himself as a 1 MPH motor vehicle that is on the lookout for ANY danger. The burden of responsibility however is 95% on the driver though, who had been given the privilege to drive, and now looks like that privilege will be severely limited or taken away. Any smooth talking lawyer defending the lady might say, well the man dove INTO the car. Bull. The lady is at fault.
on December 29,2013 | 09:07AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Everyone really needs to blame our over paid politicians for creating the crosswalk law. This is a bad law which creates a false sense of security for pedestrians. Yes, cars should watch for pedestrians but more importantly, pedestrians need to watch for cars. We grew up being taught to look both ways before crossing the street. Now, thanks to his bad law, there is a whole generation growing up thinking that government is watching both ways before they cross.
on December 29,2013 | 08:05AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Obama is watching for us both ways, u know his teleprompters on the left and right? Left, right, left, right, left, right. Then when he needs to answer questions at press conferences, the tell tale 'um blurts out.
on December 29,2013 | 08:24AM
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