The number of pedestrians killed in Oahu in 2010 is almost double the number of pedestrians killed in 2009, according to a report on KITV.com.
As of November 27, 19 pedestrians had died in Oahu this year, compared with 10 in 2009.
A 79-year-old woman from Kalihi was the most recent pedestrian accident victim at the time of the report. She was struck by a northbound SUV in a crosswalk on Likelike Highway and later died at Queen’s Hospital.
In wake of her death, advocates for pedestrian safety expressed concern regarding the increase in pedestrian fatalities. Barbara Kim Stanton, state director of Hawaii AARP, said the increase is unacceptable.
According to police, the sun had not risen and rainy conditions left the roads slippery when the 79-year-old was struck in the pre-dawn hours of November 27. Police also said the traffic light may have been yellow and on the verge of turning red when the 79-year-old was in the crosswalk.
The 28-year-old who hit her did not suffer injuries and agreed to take a blood test. Police are not yet sure whether speed, drugs or alcohol contributed to the fatal pedestrian accident.
Residents who live in the area where the accident occurred said it is very dangerous, especially at dusk and dawn because of dim lighting.
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