Police investigating critical hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Waimalu

Honolulu Police need your help finding the person responsible for a hit-and-run accident in Waimalu, that left a man in extremely critical condition.

It’s the second time in the last few weeks that a pedestrian has been struck in this area.

Early Saturday morning, police responded to Kamehameha Highway in Waimalu, where a man trying to cross the street was struck by a vehicle.

“Just after midnight, a security guard nearby heard a loud crash and when he came out he discovered a male laying on the roadway. A male in his early 20s was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition,” said Lt. Bobby Towne with the Honolulu Police Dept.

It happened near Hekaha Street and the Waimalu Shopping Center. Police say the pedestrian did not use the nearby crosswalk.

“The vehicle that struck him left the scene,” Lt. Towne said.

Police do not have a description of the vehicle, but they do believe the driver was speeding. The people we talked to say that’s common in this area.

“At nighttime there’s definitely a lot of people racing so there’s a lot of speeding that happens down here,” said Rainnelle Nagasako, driver.

“There’s a lot of cars that do speed, they don’t have respect for speed limit, which is kinda dangerous for a lot of the pedestrians that are trying to cross the road,” said Bernard Blancaflor, driver.

Exactly three weeks ago, just a half-mile away, another pedestrian was hit while trying to cross the same highway. Twenty-year-old Cherish Samson died, leaving behind a family which included her 3-week-old baby girl. Although speed was not a factor in that fatality, some of the conditions were similar. Same area, similar wet weather, and neither pedestrian used a crosswalk.

“It is really dark and it’s a dangerous corridor for a lot of people if they are trying to cross the street,” said Preston Sakuma, driver.

“The pedestrians that try to cross the road, they end up jaywalking and not respecting the traffic signals,” Blancaflor said.

Police do not know if alcohol or drugs were factors in Saturday’s hit and run.

If you saw or heard the collision in Waimalu, you’re asked to call police.

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