CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Police investigated the car that hit a pedestrian yesterday on King Street near Kalakaua Avenue.
Car hits woman on King Street
A 69-year-old woman was critically injured early yesterday when she was hit by a car as she tried to cross South King Street.
Police said the victim was walking mauka across King near the Tesoro gas station between Kalakaua Avenue and Punahou Street at about 6:30 a.m.
She was walking diagonally and was outside a marked crosswalk, according to police traffic investigators at the scene. She was in the middle lane when she was hit by a white Toyota Camry driven by a 78-year-old woman, police said. The victim flew about 30 feet after impact.
King Street is one way in the Koko Head direction at that point. Police Lt. Darren Izumo said speed and alcohol were not factors in the accident.
The victim was taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. Traffic on King Street and Kalakaua Avenue was backed up as police investigated the incident. Neither road was closed.
There have been three pedestrian fatalities on Oahu roads this year.
Two of the victims were in marked crosswalks.
At this time last year, there were seven pedestrian fatalities. Police launched a campaign to at first educate and then cite motorists and pedestrians who violated pedestrian-related laws. Twenty pedestrians were killed on Oahu last year, the same as in 2006.