Pedestrian had sought safety at intersection
A 63-year-old McCully woman critically injured after being hit by a car while crossing South King Street in crosswalk on Friday had been working to improve the safety of the intersection.
Ron Lockwood, the chairman of the McCully Neighborhood Board said the victim, Gwyne Isa, worked with AARP Hawaii and the board to bring attention to the safety problems at the intersection of South King and Hauoli streets.
"One of her biggest concerns was of people getting hit there," Lockwood said.
He said the intersection is on a stretch of South King Street without traffic signals. The nearest stoplights are at Punahou and McCully streets, Lockwood said, creating "a little speed zone."
Lockwood said the intersection is also where the city plans to install a new pedestrian-activated walk signal next year that will blink overhead to warn drivers of a crossing pedestrian.
On Friday at about 11:20 a.m., emergency crews took Isa to the hospital in critical condition after she was hit by a car driven by a 90-year-old man.
Barbara Kim Stanton, director of AARP Hawaii, visited Isa in the hospital's intensive care unit yesterday.
"It's just so tragic," she said. "We're just hoping for the best."