A woman who loved adventure and brought joy to everyone around her. That’s how friends described Annie Runland.
“Annie was [an] extremely positive person. She was very active. Always smiling. Very bubbly and happy. She was very passionate about the things that she loved,” said Cameron Prendergast, who was Runland’s roommate.
The 27-year-old Kaimuki resident was working at the KCC Farmers’ Market when she was run over by a delivery truck. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she later died. Her boss was nearby.
“I didn’t even know what was going on until I heard screaming. And then I took a look and saw my tent and tables. And the truck was going really fast. And that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, my God! What’s going on?’ Rushed down and they were already applying CPR to her,” said Sylvia Thompson, chef and owner of Licious Dishes.
Runland, who’s originally from Washington state, lived on and off in Hawaii for about five years. She was studying at the University of Hawaii and was set to graduate in May.
Her roommate says she enjoyed hiking, doing yoga, and loved everything about the islands.
“The most tragic thing about this is she just got this job working at the farmers’ market and it was something she was really excited about. And you know, it’s just a freak accident. And the fact that it happened while she was doing something that she really enjoyed makes it even more tragic than it already is,” Prendergast said.
After school, Runland wanted to continue her travels around the world.
“She was very passionate about learning Spanish in school and stuff like that, and wanted to get back to South and Central America and travel. And she just, you know, the things that she loved, she loved very much. And she was very intense about it,” Prendergast said.
Those who loved Runland gathered at her home Saturday afternoon to celebrate her life.
“She loved to barbecue. She loved food. She loved getting together and drinking wine. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do right now. Take this time to honor her. Make sure that she knows, wherever she is, we’re thinking about her and that we care,” Prendergast said. “She [was] really, genuinely sweet, good-hearted person and this is a terrible tragedy.”
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