Pedestrian killed by suspected DUI driver in Nuuanu

A 52-year-old woman has been released pending an investigation following a deadly pedestrian crash in Nuuanu.

The crash occurred at around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, on Nuuanu Ave. between Judd and Bates streets.

According to police, a man was crossing the street when he was hit by a car heading south-bound. Police believe he was not in a crosswalk at the time.

“He was near it, but not in the crosswalk, but it’s still early in our investigation,” said Lt. Bobby Towne.

The Honolulu medical examiner has identified the man as Andrew Park, 75.

The driver, Barbara Sue Hazama, was arrested for negligent homicide and driving under the influence but was later released. The Kailua resident was previously found guilty of driving under the influence in 2007.

The road was closed as police investigated the scene and reopened at around 8 a.m.

Many people in the area say visibility is a problem, especially since cars are parked along all along the street and block the line of sight to pedestrians trying to cross the street.

Under city law, cars are not allowed to park within 20 feet of a crosswalk and a sign is not required to warn drivers. However, on Tuesday, KHON2 found some cars were actually parked in crosswalks on busy streets, or very close to them.

Barbara Sue Hazama
Barbara Sue Hazama
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