Elderly woman crashes car into Hawaii Kai Post Office

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A 77-year-old woman plowed her car into the Hawaii Kai Post Office, hitting two people inside.

And it’s not the first time it’s happened.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, a special delivery came to the Hawaii Kai post office.

“It’s just a freak thing, you know?” Hawaii Kai resident Becky Staedel said.

The woman, drove her 2005 Lincoln Town Car up the parking lot curb, squeezed in between a cement bench and a column, and smashed through the large windows. She hit two sisters, ages 19 and 27, who were inside.

All three women were taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.

“I was there two days ago for an hour doing my bills, standing right there,” Hawaii Kai resident David Nickle said.

This is the third time a vehicle has plowed into the Hawaii Kai Post Office.

In 2009, a woman plowed through the area where customers wait in line. A similar accident also took place in 2007. No one was seriously injured.

“Why do you think this keeps happening?” KHON2 asked a customer.

“Human error,” Edward Sani said.

After the accidents, the U.S. Postal Service, placed yellow poles in front of the building, so vehicles wouldn’t smash into the facility. But the poles were only placed on one side of the post office, where the previous accidents happened.

“I think more safety stuff gotta be done,” Sani said.

Because of this accident, poles will be installed on the other side of the post office. The post office manager says post offices across the state could also see safety measures like this.

The post office remained open on Tuesday, but some customers aren’t taking any chances.

“Well I’m going to change post offices. I’m going to Aina Haina from now on,” Nickle said.

Damage to the post office boxes is estimated at $3,600.

The cost to replace the windows and install safety poles are unknown at this time.

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