Pedestrian death in Kaneohe

Published On: Jan 05 2013 04:36:00 PM HST
KANEOHE, Hawaii -

Papayas were scattered along the street in Kaneohe. A morning stop just to buy papayas ended in death.

An 82-year-old man parked his car on Kaneohe Bay Drive and crossed the street to go buy the fruit.

Neighbors said almost every Saturday a house on the street sells papayas, it's a popular stand in the neighborhood.

Police say after the man bought his papayas he started to cross back to the other side of the street and that's when he was struck by the car.

The man was not in the cross walk when he was hit by a silver Toyota. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital where he later died. Police shut down part of Kaneohe Bay Drive as they investigated the accident.

"It could also be weather related as its been raining on and off, so visibility may have been a factor," said Lieutenant Robert Towne.

The driver was a 39-year-old male from Kailua. Two other people were in the car with him.  

"Occupants of the vehicle that struck him were uninjured," said Lt. Towne.

Police said drivers and pedestrians need to pay attention to their surroundings.

"It all comes down to visibility and looking for each other, so both pedestrian and the drivers part, we need to look for each other and be a little bit more careful," said Lt. Towne.

This is the second pedestrian death in Oahu in 2013 compared to one the same time last year.


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