March 21, 2011 – Honolulu, HI – An unidentified pedestrian’s decision to walk along the westbound shoulder on the H-1 Freeway recently proved fatal. According to reports from Khon 2 News, the pedestrian accident initially occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on March 13, near the Makakilo off-ramp of the H-1 Freeway.
Apparently, a car hit the man and fled the scene. Shortly afterward, a second car hit the man and also did not stop to render aid. The 35-year-old female driver of the third vehicle to hit the pedestrian pulled over. By the time authorities had arrived on scene, a 22-year-old man, who also pulled over, had hit the pedestrian, as well.
KITV.com reported that while the crash scene was cleared, all lanes of H-1 were closed and westbound cars were re-routed on the Halekaui off-ramp, where they had to use North-South Road. The westbound lanes did not reopen until approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the article.
Police are still investigating the pedestrian accident and details are vague surrounding why the man was walking on the right shoulder and whether drugs, alcohol and vehicle speed played a role in the fatal pedestrian crash. Police are also speculating whether the victim was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and have asked anyone with information to call authorities.
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