Waikiki Crosswalk Where Pedestrian Died Is 'Too Dark'

By Keoki Kerr
Published On: Jun 29 2011 09:42:49 PM HST
Updated On: Jun 30 2011 06:54:58 AM HST
HONOLULU -

A Waikiki merchant who works across the street from where an elderly tour guide was struck and killed by a trolley Monday night said the crosswalk is too dark and needs another street light nearby.

Royal Hawaiian Avenue in Waikiki is crowded all the time, with trolleys, buses and cars driving by, lots of tourists on the sidewalks and a busy Duty Free store.

Thousands of people walk up and down the sidewalks and cross the street every day while dozens of buses and trolleys stop in the area every hour.

This is where KITV4 News found Dohyom Gi, who owns Royal Hawaiian Marketplace, a collection of 20 stores and restaurants across the street from where the fatal crash happened. He said he jumped in to help after 76-year-old Setsuko Furuya was struck by the Oli Oli trolley in the crosswalk about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Gi said he and fellow bystanders pulled the woman from under the trolley and tried to save her by performing CPR, but it was too late.

"After two or three minutes, the ambulance came over here. And then she go down like this. So I'm very sorry about her. Everybody's sad," Gi said.

Flowers placed by loved ones mark the site where Furuya died. The crosswalk does not have a street light nearby.

"No more light over here. That's why bad luck time. Still now, it's very dark over here," Gi said.

Gi said he'd like street lights on both sides of the street or better warning for drivers about the crosswalk.

"I like a stop sign or the signal sign," he said.

He complained that many drivers ignore the speed limit on the street between stop lights on Kuhio and Kalakaua Avenues.

"Many people go very fast over here, not 25 speed limit. That's a very dangerous place here now," Gi said.

People who work in the area said the street gets even darker late at night, when the Duty Free store shuts off its lights around 11 p.m., making things even more dangerous in the overnight hours.

The family members of the crash victim are asking for the public's help in finding her car, which was parked somewhere between Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu. It is a 1999 gold-colored Honda Accord, with the license plate RBA 343.

Her family said there's a ProPark pass hanging from the rear view mirror which should have her name -- Setsuko Furuya -- on it.

If you locate the car, her family asks you to call the police at 911.

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