Man, 55, dies in Kalihi after struck by city bus

Published On: Aug 06 2014 03:17:13 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 26 2014 10:01:43 PM HST

A 55-year-old man died after he was hit by a city bus Thursday morning on North King Street near Gulick Avenue in Kalihi, according to Emergency Medical Services officials.

Click here to watch Nana Ohkawa's report.

This happened at around 4:30 a.m.  Paramedics say the man died at the scene.

The man was identified by family members as Dominador S. Aguilar Jr. of Kalihi.

North King Street was closed from Middle Street to Gulick Avenue while police investigated and re-opened by 8:35 a.m.

Police say Aguilar was walking in a marked crosswalk when he was hit.  There is damage to the bus' windshield where he was struck.

"Probably visibility the bus driver probably didn't see the male until it was too late," said Lt. Bobby Towne of the Honolulu Police Department.

Click here to watch an interview with a traffic investigator.

Police drove the bus around the block to test the breaks as part of their investigation.

Oahu Transit Services released the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened by this accident.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends.  We are fully cooperating with HPD in their investigation and have also started our own internal investigation."

OTS says the operator of the bus is 54 years old and has seven years of service.

Reynie Butay's store, San Nicolas Chicharon & Sausage, is located off Richard Lane. Butay says she's fed up and has seen too many fatal accidents around this intersection.

"They should put [up] some signs and pedestrians should be aware too, not only drivers," said Butay.

This is the third fatality in the area in four months.

On Feb. 4 at North King Street and Kopke Street a 67-year-old woman died after she was hit by a truck while in a marked crosswalk.

Then on Feb. 27, a 57-year-old woman died after she was hit by a city garbage truck making a left turn a block away at North King Street and Gulick Avenue.
Both HPD and OTS are investigating the crash.

Per OTS policy, the bus driver is required to submit to blood and alcohol tests and will be reassigned until the investigation is complete.

This is the 30th traffic fatality on Oahu, which police say is below last year's level on this date.

Watch Nana Ohkawa's live report at 6 a.m.

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