Residents outraged after woman killed in Waianae pedestrian crash

Farrington Highway (Photo: Lucky Chong)

A woman is dead after being hit by a van in Waianae late Sunday night.

It happened shortly after 10 p.m. on Farrington Highway and Puhano Street near Tamura Super Market.

According to police, a woman in her 40s was hit outside of a marked crosswalk. She was hospitalized in extremely critical condition and died at the hospital.

The van’s driver, a 60-year-old man, was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police say speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

This is the 27th traffic fatality so far this year, the same amount at this time last year.

It’s also the third pedestrian death along the Waianae coast in the last three months.

The first was in April, when Kaulana Werner, 19, was struck and killed while crossing Farrington Highway.

Then in May, just six miles down the road, Robert Sadamaru, 79, was also hit and later died.

Residents are outraged and want to know if there are any solutions to prevent another accident.

The latest pedestrian death off of Farrington Highway has struck a chord with Makaha Valley resident Willetta Centeio.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, how dangerous is Farrington Highway along the leeward coast?” KHON2 asked.

“I would say it’s a good 7, and people from town don’t realize that, but you have to come out here to experience it,” said Centeio. “There’s a lot more people that live out here, so there’s a lot more vehicles and there’s a lot more people. They have to do something. They cannot wait until people keep dying like this.”

KHON2 has learned action is being taken to prevent more tragedies.

The Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii Departments of Transportation and Health, and Emergency Medical Services, along with the Hawaii Bicycling League, recently got together to discuss solutions to make the streets of Waianae safer.

“One idea was speed cameras. It would be 24/7 enforcement, and people know if they’re speeding that they’d get a ticket,” said communications director Daniel Alexander with Hawaii Bicycling League. “Another one was a traffic light camera, same idea, 24/7 enforcement.”

Nanakuli resident Gwen Maae thinks it’s a good idea. “All of the people drive around here, they’re only driving so fast just to go home. What’s the rush? They’re only going home,” she complained.

But will any of these happen?

State Rep. Andria Tupola, R, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, says she’s pushing to eliminate mid-block crosswalks that have nearby stoplight crossing options, and to fix street lights that are broken above crosswalks.

She added, “more needs to be done to influence variables we can control: wearing white at night, crossing at stoplights, and looking left and right continuously.”

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