Local roller derby team stresses skating safety after crash

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Honolulu medical examiner’s office identified the 28-year-old woman who died in a roller skating accident in Makakilo on Jan. 6.

Susan Stanislawski of Honolulu died from a blunt impact to the head. Her death has been ruled an accident.

Honolulu police say the woman was skating down Kikaha Street when she lost control and collided with a car at the intersection of Makakilo Drive.

Witnesses say she couldn’t stop and, according to police, the woman wasn’t wearing a helmet.

On Thursday, KHON2 spoke to Aloha City Rollers, a local roller derby league. Kim Crinella, the exiting chief financial officer, has been teaching people how to skate for almost eight years.

While there isn’t a law mandating helmet safety, Crinella says if you have skates on your feet, you should be wearing a helmet.

Whether it’s in the rink or out on the streets, Crinella says safety is always the main concern. She told KHON2 that she wouldn’t skate down Kikaha Street because it’s too dangerous.

Skaters with Aloha City Rollers are always taught to wear proper safety gear including helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and even mouth guards. They also learn how to fall.

“When you’re in trouble, you take a knee,” Crinella explained. “While you’re rolling, you do a rolling lunge and you skid on your knee pad plate and you’re able to get a little more control. You’re closer to the ground. If you have to fall over, you’re much closer where it’s not going to cause as much damage. And then once you come to a stop or you slow down where you’re in control, you can get right back up.”

Crinella says she and others in the roller derby community were shocked to hear about the deadly accident. She hopes that this tragic incident will bring light to the seriousness of roller skating safety and that people will choose to wear their helmets.

If there is enough public interest, Aloha City Rollers will hold a skating and safety clinic on a Saturday afternoon in Mililani. Anyone interested in attending should email info@808derby.com.

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