Woman, 79, dies after hit by SUV in Kailua

Published On: Aug 05 2014 10:40:03 PM HST   Updated On: Jun 27 2014 11:00:07 AM HST
KAILUA, Hawaii -

A 79-year-old woman has died after she was hit by an SUV Thursday morning on Kailua Road, according to police.

Click here to watch Pete Caggiano's report.

It happened in Kailua-bound lanes near the 7-Eleven store near Uluoa Street at 11:30 a.m.

The woman was initially taken to the hospital in critical condition.  She was identified as Alicia Moreno of Kailua.

Police say Moreno was in a marked crosswalk.  A vehicle in the left lane had stopped for her in the crosswalk.  But, the driver in a Toyota Highlander SUV in the right hand lane didn't know why that vehicle stopped and it was too late.

Moreno was taken from the scene in critical condition, but later pronounced dead at Castle Medical Center in Kailua.

Local residents and business owners were saddened by the news, but not too surprised. They say this intersection has been a problem for years.

"There's so many things going on, different directions and people coming," said Kailua resident Roberta Baksha.

"It's a very dangerous intersection. A lot of kids come through here for school and a lot of the old folks cross. We've noticed a lot of people come ripping through this area," said Robert Perkins, owner of Pacific Drain Services.

Some think it's time for the state to act to make this stretch of roadway safer for both pedestrian and drivers.

"I thought for years they should have a light there. It's really hard when you're crossing," said Baksha.

"You get people trying to turn and they don't pay attention and they try to rip in front of you" said Perkins.

Officers want to remind pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware and alert to try to prevent fatal accidents.

Investigators ruled out speed and alcohol as factors in the crash.

Police closed the Kailua-bound lanes between Uluoa Street and Ulumanu Drive during the investigation.  The road was reopened just before 5:30 p.m.

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About seven hours earlier, a 55-year-old man died after he was hit by a city bus in Kalihi.

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