Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Pedestrian accident critically injures ewa teenage girl

Honolulu police examined the slipper of a 16-year-old Ewa Beach girl who was sent to Queen's Medical Center with massive head injuries after being hit by a car yesterday morning near the intersection of Fort Weaver and Renton roads. Police said the victim, who was in critical condition last night, was either crossing, or near, the crosswalk when she was struck. Neither the woman driving the vehicle or her passenger were injured. Witnesses are asked to call police at 529-3136 or 529-3499.


Corrections and clarifications

>> Robert C. Schmitt wrote the "Hawaii Moment" that ran on Sunday's Page A2. The item was incorrectly attributed to Helen Chapin.

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Ewa calls for redesign of risky crosswalk

The Ewa traffic accident that left a 16-year-old girl critically injured has renewed calls for improvements to a crosswalk on busy Fort Weaver Road.

The girl, whose name was not released, was struck by a station wagon while trying to cross Fort Weaver Road at Karayan Street yesterday at about 7:30 a.m. The driver, a 66-year-old Ewa Beach woman, was not injured.

The girl was in or very near the crosswalk at the time of the collision, said Sgt. William Baldwin, Honolulu Police Traffic Division. Speed and alcohol use apparently were not factors in the accident.

The girl received massive head injuries and remained in critical condition this morning at Queen's Medical Center.

Witnesses are asked to call Sgt. Baldwin at 529-3136 or Officer Lisa Reed at 529-3499.

State Rep. Willie Espero, member of a citizen group, Ewa Pedestrian Coalition, yesterday renewed his call for either a pedestrian overpass or a tunnel walkway under the highway.

Espero, D-Ewa Beach-Waipahu, said community leaders have been asking the state for improvements to the intersection for more than a year.

The coalition a year ago suggested a pedestrian overpass be built, even though it would cost an estimated $3.5 million. The state added fluorescent pedestrian signs and other improvements but the measures were not enough, Espero said.

The crosswalk is on a small rise, limiting its visibility to motorists from both directions, he said. State Transportation Director Brian Minaai earlier ruled out a proposal that rumble strips be installed near the crosswalk because of the noise for nearby homes and the Hale O Ulu School.


Stolen vehicle crashes on Nimitz Highway

A stolen sport utility vehicle, speeding east on Nimitz Highway about 5:30 a.m. yesterday, flipped over near Pacific Street, causing a traffic jam for about an hour, police said.

A 35-year-old Ewa man, believed to be a passenger in the stolen vehicle, was arrested for investigation of unauthorized control of a motor vehicle.

A 25-year-old woman, believed to be the driver, was treated at Queen's Medical Center and also arrested. Police said the woman apparently lost control and the vehicle crossed the median before flipping over and breaking a water pipe, which caused flooding in one traffic lane.


Big Isle girls identified after pickup fatalities

Police identified Anelia Kauhaihao, 3, and her sister, Camille Kauhaihao, 12, as the Big Island girls who were killed Monday when they were run over by the family pickup.

The accident occurred in the driveway of the girls' home on a private road off Highway 11, near the 113-mile marker in Kainaliu, North Kona.

Police said the girls had been sitting in the family's Ford F-350 truck while it was stationary and then got out. Sometime later, the truck, which had no one in it, rolled backward down the sloped driveway and ran over both children. The girls were transported to the Kona Community Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

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