Death on a Windward Oahu driveway

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Sep 04 2013 10:52:00 PM HST

While trying to open her gate, an Oahu woman is killed after being run over by her own truck that was sitting on a steep driveway.

KANEOHE, Hawaii -

A Windward Oahu woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after being run over by her own runaway truck.

The Toyota Tundra truck ended up facing the steep Ahuimanu Hills driveway it had careened off.

According to police, the woman driving the truck stopped halfway up the driveway to open a gate.

"The driver was alone at the time, unlocking a gate. For whatever reason the truck started to roll and apparently she got run over by her own vehicle," said Lt. Robert Towne with the Honolulu Police Department Traffic Division.

After hitting the woman, the truck then toppled off the driveway and slammed into a nearby home.

"As it started to roll, the wheels were turned slightly, so it rolled into the neighbor's house," said Towne.

Neighbors heard the crash and called 911. The 46-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she later died from her injuries.

Meanwhile at the end of Halemanu Street, police had to wait hours to bring up the precariously perched truck before they could continue their investigation into the fatal accident.

"The truck came off the driveway at such a steep angle that two tow trucks were needed to pull it back onto the driveway, one to lift the back, the other to pull it onto the road.

When the truck was moved to the cul-de-sac below the steep driveway, police were then able to take a preliminary look at the operating condition of the truck as they looked for answers to the crash.

"We checked the parking brake, and looked to see whether it was in park, neutral so forth," said Towne.

As police investigated, neighbors looked on in shock. Some were unsure of the woman's identity because they say many people came and went from the home at the end of the street.  Even unsure of who she was, they were still saddened by her sudden and expected death on the driveway.

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