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Friday, December 15, 2000

Another pedestrian
hit, hurt on
N. King

The Kalihi man, 69, was
crossing at Auld Lane but was
not in a crosswalk

By Leila Fujimori

A 69-year-old Kalihi man was struck by a vehicle at 5:20 a.m. today while trying to cross North King Street at Auld Lane, in an area plagued by pedestrian accidents.

The unidentified man was not in a crosswalk, police said. He was reported in guarded condition at Queen's Medical Center.

On Nov. 24, 68-year-old Taisi Fautanu Sr. was struck by a car as he crossed North King Street near Peterson Lane, one block Diamond Head of Auld Lane. He later died.

The community has petitioned the city three times in the past two years for a traffic signal at King and Peterson. City officials could not be reached immediately for comment about the latest accident.

Lois Arakaki, a health educator at the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, near Peterson Lane, said clinic workers have seen several accidents in the area over the years.

When she heard that yet another pedestrian had been hit, she wondered whether it was anything like the accident she witnessed last summer, involving a woman crossing King in the crosswalk at Auld Lane.

"She got to the third lane, but in the fourth lane she got rapped by a young kid," Arakaki said. "She went through the windshield. We're tired of running out on the street trying to save people," she said.

The city promised to install flashing lights, a restriped, larger crosswalk and brighter pedestrian signs. In fact, flashing lights had been installed at Peterson, but Arakaki said they had been taken down to make way for new ones.

Earlier this month, Cheryl Soon, director of the city Department of Transportation Services, said her staff would analyze traffic safety in the area before installing a signal. The department planned to review the situation in February.

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