Police Search For Driver In Fatal Hit-And-Run Accident

Published On: Nov 21 2011 01:13:19 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 22 2011 06:46:11 AM HST

Honolulu Police officers are searching for the driver who was involved in a deadly hit-and-run incident Sunday night.

The crash killed a 19-year-old Hawaii Pacific University student only steps from her school.

The crosswalk where the deadly crash happened is right in front of HPU's Hawaii Loa campus.

On Monday, to help students deal with the death that took place right in front of the windward Oahu school, counselors were brought in.

A "rest in peace" Facebook page had been set up, allowing many to share their memories and pictures of Mariah Danforth-Moore.

Danforth-Moore, an HPU psychology student, was walking across Kamehameha Highway around 8:45 p.m. Sunday when she was struck by a car.

"She probably got off the bus stop that's near here and crossed in this crosswalk area on her way to the campus," said Lt. Bobby Towne, with the Honolulu Police Department Traffic Division.

The crosswalk not only has pedestrian crossing signs, but flashing lights can also be activated to let drivers know pedestrians are there.

The additional warning lights just went up this fall.

Some pedestrians said they are still getting used to using them and that many drivers may not be used to seeing them because they do not always stop.

"Sometimes one car will stop and the other car won't see it and all of a sudden the car waltzes by, but sometimes the lights help," said HPU student Sierra Wright.

Not all who crossed the street used the additional flashing lights.

Some, instead, simply relied on drivers to watch out for walkers.

"I didn't use the lights because drivers have the responsibilities to yield and also because I am pretty visible -- I have my orange backpack," said Kaneohe resident Ben Meyer.

But after hearing of the fatal pedestrian accident at the crosswalk, Meyer said he may take additional steps to safeguard his crossing.

"I will think twice about using the flashing light next time I head across this street," said Meyer.

After the hit-and-run incident, witnesses saw a white sedan with dark rims and dark tint heading toward Kaneohe.

Police are now looking for the driver of that car.


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