Man dies after being hit by truck in Kapahulu

A car hit and killed an elderly man in Kapahulu Friday afternoon.

Witnesses say it’s a dangerous spot and the driver simply didn’t see the man in the crosswalk.

There is no traffic light at the intersection and residents say it’s very dangerous to cross such a busy street.

Honolulu Police say the 88-year-old man was crossing Kapahulu Avenue at Herbert Street at around 12:30 p.m. They says he was in a crosswalk when he was hit a by a white truck that was heading mauka.

The man was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition, where he later died.

“If he was in a crosswalk he must have got thrown at least 15 feet, because the whole length of the truck is, and he was still in front of the truck and on the ground,” Kapahulu resident Dean Nomura said.

The driver did stop and talked to officers at the scene. A friend said the driver never saw the man walking because a van was ahead of him in the next lane.

“The driver, a male in his mid 40′s was taken for a mandatory blood draw. At this point, we’re not looking at speed, but just inattention,” HPD Lt. Bobby Towne said.

“This crosswalk is super scary, really scary,” Nomura said.

Area residents and workers say they’ve seen a lot of close calls with pedestrians in that same crosswalk.

Kapahulu Avenue bends right before the intersection, so drivers and pedestrians have a hard time seeing each other.

“Because everybody comes around that turn over there, that nobody sees somebody crossing. I don’t know… everybody’s scared of this crosswalk right here,” Nomura said.

Also, too many drivers still don’t stop when they see other cars in another lane stopped by the crosswalk.

Some say pedestrians are much better off walking an extra half a block so they can cross at the traffic light.

Police say they haven’t seen a lot of pedestrian accidents on this busy street.

“We need to watch out both sides, the pedestrians and the drivers,” Lt. Towne said.

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