Elderly woman hit by car
The pedestrian is in "extremely critical" condition
An elderly pedestrian suffered "extremely critical" injuries yesterday after a sedan struck her in a Kalihi crosswalk, police said.
Witnesses reported that the woman was hit in a crosswalk on Alaneo Street at about 5:45 p.m., police said. She suffered head and body injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center where she remained in critical condition last night, police said.
The woman was not carrying identification, but police say they believe she is 76 and from Honolulu. She was crossing Alaneo Street at North Kuakini Street in the westbound direction when a gold Honda Accord heading in the same direction struck her as the driver made a left turn, said Kalihi Sgt. Sam Fontanilla.
The driver, a 77-year-old Honolulu woman, was uninjured. Fontanilla said neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Police closed the eastbound lane of Kuakini Street and diverted traffic at the end of Alaneo Street for several hours. The westbound lane of Kuakini Street stayed open.
Ten pedestrians have died on Oahu this year, the last one on March 5.
State lawmakers in Hawaii have been working on bills to improve pedestrian safety.
The Honolulu Police Department launched a road safety campaign in February in response to the high number of pedestrian fatalities. On March 4, police began ticketing pedestrians and drivers who violate pedestrian and traffic laws. Police have also used undercover officers to enforce pedestrian laws and stop jaywalking.