Police investigating deadly farmers’ market crash

Pedestrian Crash at KCC
Pedestrian Crash at KCC

A deadly early-morning crash at the popular Kapiolani Community College Farmers’ Market closed the event on Saturday.

Honolulu police say vendors were setting up for the farmers’ market when all of a sudden, a Ma’o Organic Farms truck hit some of the other vendors.

The accident happened at about 6:30 a.m., an hour before the market opens.

“Either the driver had an error or there was a mechanical failure with the vehicle. We’re still doing an investigation on that. And the vehicle launched into where the vendors had set up, striking two people, at this point. One female in her mid-20s was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition, where she later expired. Another gentleman in his 40s was taken to the hospital in serious condition. I was told there was a third person who slightly injured, but refused treatment. At this point, we’re not looking at speed or alcohol, but either driver error or mechanical error,” HPD Lt. Bobby Towne said.

Because of the accident and investigation, the KCC Farmers’ Market never opened.

Police say a 23-year-old woman was driving the truck.

Ma’o Organic Farms released the following statement:

“The Ma’o ohana sends its condolences and sympathy to those involved in today’s tragic event. The KCC Farmers’ Market staff, vendors and customers are part of our farming family. We send our deepest aloha and prayers in this difficult time. We are working in full cooperation with Honolulu Police Department’s ongoing investigation.”

The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation’s President, Chris Manfredi, released the following statement:

“Our hearts are with the victims and their families as we learn the facts of this tragic accident. We’re grateful that first responders were available to assist and we grieve for the precious life that was lost.”

KCC’s Chancellor Leon Richards released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident at this morning’s weekly Farmers’ Market. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved, their families and loved ones.”

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