Deja vu for family following accident in crosswalk

Hiro Shihara

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He was a father, a grandfather, an uncle, and a granduncle. Now, his family is mourning his death.

Hiro Shihara was killed while crossing the street Friday afternoon in Kapahulu.

It was a case of deja vu for the family.

Kapahulu Avenue is just one of those streets that’s always busy.

“People coming from both sides.”

Justin Tanoue’s granduncle Hiro Shihara lived near the corner of Kapahulu and Herbert.

“He lived in that building over there, the house with the blue.”

Around 12:30 p.m., Hiro was crossing Kapahulu in a mid-block crosswalk, but never made it across.

“I was in shock,” Tanoue said.

A van had stopped to let Hiro cross, but the driver of this truck said he didn’t see him.

“Yeah someone didn’t stop,” Tanoue said.

Hiro was 88 years old.

“The first thing that came to my mind is it’s unfortunate, we lost a generation. He was the last remaining sibling.”

It was also deja vu. Justin’s uncle Bill was hit by a car in this same crosswalk.

“He couldn’t walk for five months. He almost died,” Tanoue said.

That was 10 years ago.

“He’s such in shock and disbelief that it happened again,” Tanoue said.

Hiro was a retired butcher, first working in his family’s store, the Shiihara Store, and later at the Pearl Harbor commissary.

Most recently though, his main job was to spoil his great granddaughter Taylor and his dog Kapua.

This past October, Hiro had valve replacement and double bypass surgery.

“Many many years left ahead of him if this unfortunate event didn’t happen,” Tanoue said.

Justin hopes this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“That’s why I think it’s important that they should put some kind of traffic light here,” Tanoue said.

Especially since it happened to his family twice.

“Someone told me when I was driving here — do not go in that crosswalk again, you and your family have bad luck in this crosswalk. So never again am I going to go in this crosswalk,” Tanoue said.

Police say it doesn’t appear that speed or alcohol were factors in Friday’s accident.

Hiro is the 20th person killed on Oahu’s roads this year, compared to 18 at the same time last year.

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