Family tries to cope with death of woman struck by a car on Farrington Highway

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Dec 01 2012 10:47:51 PM HST
Updated On: Dec 02 2012 07:11:23 AM HST

A mother of five hit by a car and killed when she and her husband were walking home.

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -

The family of a pedestrian struck and killed by a car Friday night is trying to cope with her death.

The 56-year-old woman and her husband were hit when they were on their way home from a bus stop on Farrington Highway in Honokai Hale around ten last night.

According to police, a female driver was traveling westbound on Farrington Highway when she swerved to avoid hitting a car parked at the red light.

"It was a screech like 'eerr' and then a crash," described a relative of the couple, Susan Danao. 

Family members said the car hit Elena Barcena and her husband Oscar.  The mother of five, Elena, did not make it.  She later died at the hospital.

"She works at Foodland, so her husband would go catch the bus to Foodland, pick her up, and then they would catch the bus back home," said Danao.

Relatives gathered together at the couple's home to give each other support. The husband and wife recently moved to Hawaii from the Philippines.

"Oh, sad, he [was] crying last night. We got home like 3 o'clock," said relative Joa Danao.

"She was a very happy person. She got along with everybody," said Susan.

Family members still have questions about what happened Friday night.

"They would be holding hands together so we were thinking maybe they were holding hands, but she was like one or two steps ahead of him so she got hit," said Susan Danao.

Police said the driver was not hurt, and speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.

The family plans to bring Elena's remains back to the Philippines.

This is the 55th traffic fatality this year, compared to 47 at the same time last year.

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