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Pedestrian critically injured in accident involving police officer

By Gary Kubota

LAST UPDATED: 2:55 p.m. HST, Nov 23, 2011

A female pedestrian went to a hospital in critical condition this morning after being struck by a sedan driven by a police officer in Kalihi.

Police Lt. Robert Towne said the accident took place on North School Street, at the intersection of Pohaku Street at 5:27 a.m.

A 49-year-old woman was crossing School Street toward the makai side when she was hit by a Nissan four-door sedan driven by a police sergeant on his way to work, Towne said. The car was traveling east on School Street, Towne said.

The woman was in a crosswalk, a witness told police. The woman ended up about 25 feet from the crosswalk, Towne said.

The witness said the pedestrian was dressed in dark clothing and that a street light above the crosswalk was out. Police said the witness reported that it appeared the pedestrian was hurrying across the four-lane road with her attention on an approaching mo-ped.

Towne said it did not appear that speeding or alcohol were involved.

Police said the officer is 41 years old.

Police closed School Street between Houghtailing and Kokea streets for about three hours while they investigated the crash.

Police will turn the case over to to police Internal Affairs Division, as is standard procedure in such cases involving an officer.

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