Woman, 67, dies after struck by truck in Kalihi — Kalihi residents, workers say crosswalks in this area are dangerous

(Via KITV)

A 67-year-old woman was hit by a truck while in a crosswalk in Kalihi Tuesday morning and died later at the hospital, according to police.

It happened at around 6 p.m. near North King Street and Kopke Street.

“People over here, the old folks, they no look.  They like the driver stop,” said Kalihi resident John Oshiro.  “They gotta take off that crosswalk.”

Oshiro thinks the crosswalk is bad news.  It’s a feeling he’ll never shake after the truck hit the woman.  Her body wound up 20 feet from the crosswalk.

“We will be opening a negligent homicide case, probably in the third degree.  At this point, we are not looking at speed or alcohol as factors, but visibility,” said Lt. Bobby Towne of the Honolulu Police Department’s Traffic Division.

One telltale sign of the force of the hit –the victim’s shoes.  One shoe ended up about 20 feet from the other.

“For us, it helps to indicate where the area of impact occurred, so the shoes are a big evidence factor to us,” said Lt. Towne.

For residents here, the accident is a tragic one, but not a surprising one.

“People are always trying to catch the bus that’s right down the street or just get across quickly so they just dart in and out,” said Scot Chinen, who works in Kalihi.

Residents say the traffic has gotten so bad over the years that they avoid using crosswalks without traffic lights.  Instead, they say they don’t mind walking the extra mile using what they call a safer crosswalk.

“Tell them walk over there where the light is!  That’s what I do!” said Oshiro.

Even that, residents say, is no sure thing.

“Not everybody pays attention when crossing the street so be careful when crossing,” said Chinen.

Police blocked off North King Street in both directions between Gulick Avenue and Puuhale Road until around 9:15 a.m.

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