Regulars say area near Kalihi crash site is poorly lit

A 55-year-old man was killed early Thursday morning after he was hit by a city bus while in a Kalihi crosswalk.

Some say the crash could have been the result of poor lighting and low visibility. People who live and work in the area say some of the crosswalks are barely visible during the day and are even worse at night.

“I think there should be more better lighting here and I guess the roads themselves are kind of dangerous,” said Lich Tren, who works nearby.

In the last year, three people have been hit or killed on or near King St. and Gulick Ave.

People who work across from where the accident happened say they’re concerned, especially with the mid-block crosswalk.

“Just driving down here, driving around the pedestrians, they can cross whenever they want, so I think that’s pretty dangerous,” Tren said.

“I can remember at least three fatalities already,” said Myra Roces Lazaro, who works nearby.

One topic of concern is the lighting of the area, especially at bus stops.

“I believe better lighting can help this problem to avoid accidents and fatalities,” Lazaro said.

“I think that at night there should be more lighting so people they can see the crosswalk. At the same time, drivers they can see the people crossing the roads so that they are more aware,” Tren said.

KHON2 asked Oahu Transit Services if any other factors were known to have caused the accident, but officials could not comment.

Instead, they released a statement stating, “we are deeply saddened by this accident. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends,” and they are cooperating fully with the HPD in their investigation.

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