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Woman killed, man, 94, critically injured in 2 pedestrian accidents

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 01:06 a.m. HST, Jan 04, 2014

A woman was killed early Friday afternoon when she was hit by a car at the intersection of Makiki and Wilder Streets, the second pedestrian accident Friday.

The 68-year-old woman was crossing Wilder Ave. when she was struck by a vehicle making a left turn onto Wilder at about 12:41 p.m. 

She was in a marked crosswalk. 

The victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center, where she died. 

The driver of the car, a late-model Ford Explorer, was a 72-year-old woman, who wasn't injured. Speed and alcohol were not suspected as factors, police said.

Earlier today, a 94-year-old pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run collision in a marked crosswalk in Kaimuki.

Police are looking for a vehicle, possibly a green sedan, that hit the man and fled the scene Friday morning.

The man was in critical condition after he was struck by the vehicle at the intersection of Waialae and 5th Avenues, between Sacred Hearts Academy and McDonald's.

At about 7:37 am., the victim was crossing Waialae Avenue in a marked crosswalk when the vehicle, heading Koko Head on Waialae Avenue, ran a red light and struck the pedestrian.

The 94-year-old man sustained head and internal injuries and was initially taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition. Police said his condition worsened and he was downgraded to critical condition.

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serious wrote:
Running a red light is so common one expects it. When I walk and get the "walk" light, I wait for the usual three cars that run the lights. Anyone ever seen a HPD person or car at an intersection? Me neither. Mike Bloomberg has retired as mayor of NYC. He cut crime down to the least possible. HOW? You start with the petty stuff--running a stop sign, a red light, no turn signal--you stop that little stuff where people know they can get away with it because--there is no enforcement and then you stop the other crimes!!!
on January 3,2014 | 12:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Retired as Mayor or did his term run out?
on January 3,2014 | 01:41PM
thanks4reading wrote:
NYC cut crime dramatically by replacing broken windows...This was covered in the book "Tipping Point". So you are right, small changes really have big results. Also, mainland cities have cut crosswalk violations from 80% down to 20% by using decoy pedestrians and ticketing those who don't stop. We can end the madness if HPD made this a priority or even gave an effort.
on January 3,2014 | 09:00PM
paniolo wrote:
What a coward. Break the law by running red light, THEN run away after hitting a pedestrian. No worry, going get bachi on you.
on January 3,2014 | 12:31PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
My mother passed away after a week from pneumonia and she was 83. I think the prognosis for this 94 year old is not good, as it's like having a major surgery at old age when not needed. He did everything to survive, including everything that humans do, like perfect dieting, only to be caught in the web of hit-and-run.
on January 3,2014 | 01:46PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
If a 94 year old person goes to the hospital for any reason it's not good. After being hit by a car.....probably fatal.
on January 3,2014 | 02:10PM
ponowai wrote:
I hope this person gets caught or runs into a pole next.
on January 3,2014 | 01:12PM
PMINZ wrote:
Since I do not drive, I know how dangerous some Drivers can bee, No matter how well I watch out there are many fools running a RED while I'm in in a crosswalk or even on a sidewalk! Also I see loads of Stupid pedestrians dis regarding lights and Jay walking. Stupidity and inattention hits both sides. Blam!!!! People need to wake up!
on January 3,2014 | 01:34PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
My brother does not drive either. He got caught jay walking once and I told him to pay the fine of $70. He does not jay walk now and he does not cross the street until the white walk sign shows. Also, don't start crossing if the walk sign turns to the red flashing hand. Because of the situation of my brother, I know how to be patient. Pedestrians need to try to help themselves even if the cross walk ways "you can walk". Keep looking left and right, and in a life-saving moment, u may find yourself dodging an oncoming car. In the case of the 68 year old woman deceased, the driver being 72 years old had to be a factor. Like I've said many times before, there needs to be limitations on older drivers. I'm 56 myself, so I'm nearing those ages. Deep condolences.
on January 3,2014 | 01:55PM
PMINZ wrote:
Agreed ! I keep looking all around while I'm crossing, even then there are some close calls. Yep only when the White walk light is on. I'm 70 and quit driving about 20 years ago poor eyesight and slowed reactions. I want to live a lot longer!
on January 3,2014 | 02:29PM
serious wrote:
I live on Hobron Lane across from the Food Pantry. each early morning, mid afternoon and later there is an average of 7 police cars parked in the no parking areas across from the Pantry--only way they can get their donuts is to jay walk. Show by example.
on January 3,2014 | 03:27PM
cojef wrote:
Courtesy is contagious, however there is a small minority in every community that believe their right are superior to all others. When these ignoramus get behind the wheel, their psyche changes to that of the devil, that's why they run after creating mayhem.
on January 3,2014 | 02:04PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Sometimes one wonders how some get their driver's licenses. Then again, there is a certain percentage that do not have driver's licenses, do not have Safety Checks and worst of all do not have Auto Insurance. With the new system of Safety Checks that started in November 2013, just two months ago, now there will be less cars falling through the cracks. For example, if a fix needs to be made to a defect, a photo needs to be taken before and after, regarding the fix, such as a tail lamp out. Therefore cars will not be able to be "slide through" with defects. Unless of course the Safety Check station is "friendly" with the car owner. Granted 15 or so yearly pedestrian deaths is low and most involve seniors, yet even one accidental death is too much to take. Drivers need to me more careful, and drive their motor vehicles with the care of making a five-foot putt on the 18th hole on Sunday to win the Masters Tournament. Don't think that cars are only for driving with the 3-wood. Care must be taken in the short game, including sand wedges and putters. Jack Nicklaus won his 18 majors by being both a devastating driver with his 2-iron, as well as being so efficient with his putter.
on January 3,2014 | 09:40PM
wn wrote:
Need to step up enforcement of traffic law /violations. If not some drivers will push the envelope to see what they can get away with...then people get hurt. At what point do we call these incidents accidents when they should be labeled a criminal offense. Obviously in this case the running of red light and then fleeing the scene was not an accident...would not be surprised if the driver has a few outstanding warrants (traffic violations). It is time to contact my Council member and hopefully and push for heightened law enforcement, conviction and jail time...too many folks are becoming innocent victims...next one maybe you or a loved one.
on January 3,2014 | 01:53PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Get ready to pay more properly taxes so the City and County can hire more HPD.
on January 3,2014 | 01:57PM
sailfish1 wrote:
They don't need to hire more HPD. All they need if for the existing HPD to enforce the laws instead of looking the other way.
on January 3,2014 | 02:11PM
Wazdat wrote:
YUP, plenty of cops but LIMITED enforcement.
on January 3,2014 | 07:36PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
And it starts with those SHOPO windshield stickers that HPD sees when they stop drivers and say "oh okay".
on January 3,2014 | 09:46PM
rtabata wrote:
I feel for the families of the two victims. As for myself, I am extra careful when I'm walking out and about--like wearing a bright "broke-the-eye" yellow shirt, checking all directions before crossing (if possible, at intersections with traffic lights and crosswalks), and waiting a few seconds before stepping off the curb. Even then, I had a close call yesterday when a car coming up to a red light didn't look like it was going to stop; I made eye contact with the driver and made sure the car stopped before I started walking. I gave 'em "stink eye." The other day, I saw a car come to a complete stop at a red light--then the driver went right through the red light! Huh? Today, I saw a young man skateboarding down Palolo Avenue while texting on his cell phone. Duh! In summary, everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) needs to take responsibility and slow down, pay attention, avoid distractions, and watch for the other guy (or gal). It would nice to survive another year.
on January 3,2014 | 02:43PM
wn wrote:
I feel your pain! I live in the Kaimuki / Kapahulu area and have eliminated my outside roundtrip walks to Waikiki and opted to use the indoor treadmill. It's better than going thru the anxiety of dodging irresponsible / "in your face" drivers. You know the one's who have to wait until you complete your legal trek across the crosswalk because they are rushing to safely drop their little ones off at school. Then once across you may face an irresponsible bicyclist (s) who have taken over the sidewalks to avoid same drivers. Once pass them you then have to dodge the skate borders (I must have come across the same one you did...metallic blue headphones?). Sorry different breed of people out there..."me first you no count"...need to step up penalties for behavior that will compromise safety of others. "Happy New Year"...hope to see around in 2015!
on January 3,2014 | 04:38PM
syhud wrote:
Up the fines for both offenses. $200 for jaywalking. And bigger fine for hitting a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. Add jail time too no mercy at the court.
on January 3,2014 | 03:38PM
Wazdat wrote:
I see more and more people running red lights and never see them ticketed.
on January 3,2014 | 07:34PM
niimi wrote:
I see more people crossing double solid lines than running red lights. That is a dangerous maneuver.
on January 3,2014 | 08:38PM
thos wrote:

May be the dawning of a new sporting event, a sort of mechanized form of bull fighting or perhaps polo.

Drivers compete to see who can run down the most folks afoot in a single 24 hour period, extra points awarded to those who flatten their prey outside of marked crosswalks where they are less concentrated and more elusive.

For especially artful road kills, an accomplished driver might be awarded the ears and shoes of his victims.

on January 3,2014 | 11:23PM
tutulois wrote:
I frequently use that Makiki intersection, and always try to look out for cars turning from Wilder. I figure that most pedestrians are simply invisible to most drivers, most of the time. I wish I had a dollar for every time I found a driver looking ONLY in the direction of oncoming traffic, never imagining that a pedestrian could be approaching their car from the other side. It sounds like this pedestrian was in a crosswalk, crossing with the walk signal, and the driver was just not paying attention, This inattention cost someone's life. Probably not much will happen to the driver, just a slap on the wrist.
on January 5,2014 | 07:54AM
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