Oahu has first pedestrian fatality of the year

Published On: Jan 05 2013 12:31:51 AM HST
NANAKULI, Hawaii -

Oahu marked the first pedestrian fatality of the year early Friday morning in Nanakuli.

Honolulu Police traffic homicide investigators said a man in his 60s was crossing Farrington Highway just after 5 a.m. when he was struck by the white truck, driven by a woman in her 40s.

"Witnesses told us that there were cars ahead of her that were swerving.  She didn’t know why they were swerving and she struck the male in the roadway," said HPD Lt. Bobby Towne.

The man was taken to Pali Momi medical center in extremely critical condition where he later died.

Police said speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, but the driver was taken in to custody for a mandatory blood draw as standard procedure in their investigation.

The death toll for pedestrians on Oahu's roads this year is off to an early start.

The first fatality last year was Wallace Nakama, 77, from Ewa Beach who was struck and killed 16 days into 2011.

This tragedy appears to carrying over a deadly trend from last year.  There were 26 pedestrian fatalities statewide in 2011.

The time of day most of these fatalities have occurred is what concerns those keeping track of the numbers.  Twenty-three of those 26 fatalities happened during the twilight hours.

Friday’s crash happened just before sunrise.

Walkwise Hawaii is urging pedestrians to be extra cautious when crossing the roads during sunrise and sunset.

They're asking motorists to be aware of those who may be walking during these difficult-to-see hours of the day.


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