3 accidents claim 2 lives in single day in Honolulu
Traffic investigators stay busy as Oahu's death toll hits 82
Traffic investigators were kept busy Friday night after two people died and three people were critically injured in separate accidents.
In Wahiawa, a 60-year-old woman died yesterday morning after she was struck by a car in Wahiawa Friday afternoon.
A 25-year-old man died Friday night after a head-on collision involving three vehicles in Waianae shortly before 10 p.m. Two other were people were hospitalized.
In town, a 45-year-old man was critically injured when he was hit by a car while crossing Kapiolani Boulevard Friday night.
Police said a 25-year-old man was killed when his 1988 Honda Accord crossed the centerline on Farrington Highway at about 9:55 p.m.
The Accord struck a 1982 pickup truck being driven by a 16-year-old boy, who sustained no injuries and then crashed head on into a 1987 Dodge vehicle being driven by a 53-year-old woman with a 55-year-old man, police said.
The woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition, while her passenger was in critical condition.
Speed was an apparent factor. However, it was unknown whether alcohol was involved.
Earlier in the day, at about 4:58 p.m., a 60-year-old woman was struck by a 2003 Ford Focus while crossing California Avenue in Wahiawa, police said.
The 49-year-old driver told police she attempted to brake but could not do so in time. The elderly woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where she was initially listed in critical condition and later died at 3:51 a.m. yesterday. The driver was wearing her seat belt.
The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. She is the 82nd traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 65 at this time last year.
Another pedestrian was critically injured Friday night after being hit by a car while crossing Kapiolani Boulevard Friday night.
Police said the man was crossing Kapiolani heading toward the Ala Moana Center near Atkinson Drive at around 9:19 p.m. when he was struck by a 1997 Jeep Wrangler driven by a 19-year-old woman.
The 45-year-old victim was listed in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center yesterday.
Hawaii has the 11th highest pedestrian fatality rate in the nation, and the highest among people age 65 and older, according to the AARP Hawaii.
Kapiolani Boulevard near the Ala Moana Center was called one of the top trouble spots for pedestrians in the state by the AARP.