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Pedestrian killed in Farrington Highway hit-and-run crash identified

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    Honolulu police investigate the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash on Farrington Highway near Hakimo Road Monday night.

Honolulu police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who hit and killed a 46-year-old Waianae man crossing Farrington Highway in a marked crosswalk Monday night.

The medical examiner identified the victim as Allen Ramos.

The dark colored sports utility vehicle was traveling east on the highway when it hit Ramos at about 11 p.m. near Hakimo Road and left the scene, police said.

Paramedics took him to the hospital, where he died at 1:05 a.m.

This is the fourth pedestrian death on Farrington Highway in the Waianae area in the less than three months.

It comes only a day after another pedestrian was killed crossing Farrington Highway near Puhano Road Sunday night.

The medical examiner is still trying to identify the woman, believed to be in her 40s or 50s, who was not in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a car driven by a 60-year-old Waianae man Sunday night.

Monday night’s fatality is the 28th death on Oahu roads this year, compared to 27 at the same time last year.

The two fatalities follow a community meeting Thursday to discuss ways of improving pedestrian safety on Farrington Highway, following two other pedestrian deaths.

On April 24, Kaulana Werner, a 19-year-old former Kamehameha Schools wide receiver, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle along Farrington Highway near Laumania Avenue in Nanakuli.

Robert Sadamaru, 79, died on May 28 after he was hit by a truck while in a crosswalk on Farrington Highway near Old Government Road.

Police have stepped up traffic enforcement – for both pedestrians and drivers. Pedestrians who break the law face a $130 fine, and drivers are required to appear in court. Officers have been handing out safety flyers and issuing warnings across Oahu since the beginning of June.

Several residents suggested installing better lighting and reflector lights, repainting signs and road lines, and educating drivers and pedestrians could help in decreasing the number of accidents across the Waianae Coast.

Others said eliminating some crosswalks not located by traffic signals, relocating some bus stops, providing flags for people to wave while crossing the highway, installing red-light cameras and stepping up police presence and enforcement would also help to make Farrington safer for pedestrians and motorists.

Other fatal or critical pedestrian accidents on Farrington Highway this year include:

On June 26, a car hit a man, believed to be in his 60s near Maipala Road, near the Maili 7-Eleven store. He suffered critical injuries in the 1:10 a.m. accident.

On Feb. 15, a car hit a 58-year-old man crossing Farrington Highway in a marked crosswalk at Maiuu Road near the Makaha Surfside condominium, leaving the man with critical injuries.

On Jan. 4, a 60-year-old man was killed crossing Farrington Highway near the Kahe Point power plant. Police said a number of cars swerved to avoid him, but a pickup truck was not able to stop in time.

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  • Walk at your own risk especially after dark over there. Lot of drivers are flying on the highway there. Everytime I’m over there people are blazing past me and I’m not exactly going slow either.

  • Sadly, just because you are in a cross walk doesn’t mean you are safe. Drivers come barreling down Farrington at all hours of the day.

  • Definitely need video cameras on all lighted intersections in high fatality places like Waianae. Record everything 24 hours non-stop. Not digital pictures every time a car passes by or when the light signal changes. We have the technology. Need to get the money.

    • What an interesting concept, don’t walk in front of a moving vehicle. I’ll bet if pedestrians just did what you suggested it would reduce the number of pedestrians getting hit. Not sure why no one else can figure this out.

      • Why I totally disagree with the pedestrian vs vehicle laws currently on the books. I think people would be much safer if the law were changed to state that pedestrians do not have right of way. Too many people have taken that to mean dash in front of oncoming traffic with the expectation of vehicles stopping for them.

  • There are various neighborhoods which have roads with no sidewalks where people routinely walk on the shoulder or on the side of the road. The crosswalks if any are not convenient therefore people cross wherever they want. People who drive on these roads regularly know which roads these are. The only solution for safety of pedestrians is for drivers to slow down and be extra cautious and alert for unexpected people walking on the side or crossing. These can be people of any age from children to elderly. Some people also walk with their back to the traffic and especially vulnerable to be hit by an errant driver. Since there are no sidewalks the responsibility is with the driver to watch out.

    • Not always the drivers fault, a great many people were never taught how to cross the street safely, or don’t have the sense to do so.

  • Law makers need to improve Farrington Hwy from Kahe Point to Kaena point. It’s a state Hwy so good luck with that. The good people need real side walks like the rest of Oahu. Residents need to sue the State to demand change.

  • No matter what kind of enforcement is taken there will always be vehicle/pedestrian collisions. It’s just ridiculous that the majority of them are between Kahe & Kaena Pts. There seems to a “road kill” mentality where a human life is worth zero.

  • The State or City governments dont care about pedestrians on the West Side. Tooting horns and sign waving don’t do squat. Elementary kids at Nanaikapono are separated from 10 ton dump trucks by a mere 6 inch blacktop curb. Wheelchair handicap cannot navagate the wooden poles,firehydrate,signs, pot holes, weeds on the black asphalt sidewalks. Yes folks no cement sidewalks on the west side. A neglected part of Oahu. But it’s okay to truck ALL OAHU rubbish aND construction rubbish to this side
    So pilau.

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