Hawaii News now reports that a pedestrian has been killed trying to cross the road in Hauula. Honolulu police closed the highway in both directions following this tragic accident. The accident remains under investigation, however initial reports indicate that the 79-year-old woman was crossing Kamehameha Highway after getting off a city bus when she was struck by an oncoming car. She was not in a marked crosswalk.
This marks the 14th pedestrian death in Oahu this year. A recent story highlighted the dangers of walking in Hawaii – especially for the elderly. In fact, Hawaii leads the nation in deaths for elderly pedestrians. Hawaii ranks 13 for pedestrian fatalities among all groups. As a result, efforts are under way to improve safety on Hawaii's streets.
According to the Department of Health, the majority of the accidents occur in the metropolitan Honolulu area. The most incidents occurred downtown and in the Ala Moana-Kakaako, Kalihi-Palama areas. The Kalihi-Palama neighborhood also had 13 fatal accidents. Other areas with high rates of pedestrian fatalities included Waikiki, Waianae, Makakilo-Kapolei, McCully-Moiliili and Waipahu.
As experienced Hawaii personal injury lawyers, we are dedicated to improving safety. For more information or if you or a loved on has been injured in a pedestrian accident please contact Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.