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    2015 JULY 15 CTY Fatal pedestrian accident on Hoomalu St. in Pearl City. Car with lights on is involved in fatal. SA photo by Craig T. Kojima
    Police closed Hoomalu Street in Pearl City while Traffic Division officers investigated a critical pedestrian accident.
    A car hit a 25-year-old man on Hoomalu Street in Pearl City Wednesday morning.

Police questioned the driver of a car which hit and critically injured a man walking on Hoomalu Drive in Pearl City Wednesday morning.

Police said the incident occurred at 5:40 a.m. when a 24-year-old woman, driving makai, hit a 25-year-old man in the 400 block of Hoomalu Street. The impact shattered the front windshield of the silver Corolla driven by the woman.

Paramedics took the man in critical condition to the hospital.

Police did not know if the pedestrian was trying to cross Hoomalu Street or was just walking on the two-lane road, where there are no sidewalks.

There is no marked crosswalk near the accident scene.

Police have not determined if speed or alcohol were factors.

However, Jenalyn Cadiz, whose cousin owns a Hoomalu Street care home fronting the accident scene, said that “people speed here a lot. It’s scary.”

“A co-worker just had her car hit while it was parked here,” said Cadiz.

Other parked cars on both sides of Hoomalu Street have been hit by speeding motorists, she said.

The speed limit on the street is 25 miles per hour.

Neighbors said Hoomalu Street is infamous for speeding. Over the years, police and community leaders have held sign-waving campaigns to slow down cars and police have ticketed motorists for speeding, seat belt violations, and cell phone use while driving.

Police closed Hoomalu Drive near the accident scene and rerouted traffic from Noelani Street to Hookanike Street while Traffic Division officers conducted an investigation.

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