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Pedestrian killed by SUV in Kalihi

A 57-year-old woman died yesterday morning after a sport utility vehicle hit her at the corner of North King Street and Waiakamilo Road in Kalihi.

The woman was crossing Waiakamilo Road in a marked crosswalk at 6:40 a.m. when she was hit by a Cadillac Escalade EXT driven by a 54-year-old Oahu man, police said.

The SUV was turning left on to Waiakamilo Road from North King Street. The woman was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition, where she died of head and bodily injuries.

Police said speeding did not appear to be a factor in the collision. The driver was not taken into custody.

It was the second fatal pedestrian collision in the Kalihi area in the past week. On Tuesday, Leemar Dacanay, 30, of Kalihi was hit by a pickup truck in a crosswalk on Kalihi Street near Eluwene Street about 6:10 a.m. Dacanay died Wednesday from injuries sustained in the collision.

HECO worker burned by live wire

A Hawaiian Electric Co. employee was taken to the hospital in critical condition yesterday after he was apparently shocked while working on an electrical line in Mililani, authorities said.

The man, who is in his 40s, was part of a four-person crew handling a standard repair job on Wailawa Street when the man touched a primary line about noon, HECO spokesman Peter Rosegg said.

"He was injured," Rosegg said. "There were definitely some burns over parts of his body."

Paramedics responded to a call at 11:56 a.m. and took the man to a burn center in critical condition, said James Ireland, acting director of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.

Rosegg said the man’s vital signs were good. He did not say how long the man has worked for HECO.

No one else was hurt.

HECO has opened an investigation into the accident.

Plane lands after trouble

A single-engine plane with three people aboard made an emergency landing Friday at Old Kona Airport, Big Island firefighters said.

The Cessna made the sudden landing about 3:15 p.m. with the pilot and a man and a woman on board.

Firefighters said the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at the old runway after he began experiencing mechanical trouble. No one was injured, and there was no damage to the plane.


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