Head-on collision in Kalihi leaves one man dead

A head-on collision in Kalihi Thursday morning has left a man dead.

It happened just before 10 a.m. on N. School Street.

Police say a 1994 Mustang was trying to overtake vehicles that had stopped for a pedestrian when it crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a large work truck.

The 33-year-old man who was a passenger in the Mustang was taken to Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition where he later died. The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office reported Thursday night that the man was Kaleo Kaio, 36, of Honolulu.

An autopsy on Friday revealed that he died of blunt force injuries to the chest.

The 24-year-old driver was also taken to Queen’s and his condition remains unknown at this time.

A witness, Leona Yuen, said “I was standing at the front door of my job, when I heard yelling. When I looked at the front side of the lane, a car come speeding down, and the guy was waving his hand like somebody was yelling at somebody.

“Apparently, they didn’t see the pedestrian crossing at the intersection. Cars on the right hand side had already stopped for the pedestrian.

“So when he didn’t, he stepped on his brakes, then swerved right into the truck.

“This intersection is a bad intersection, too,” Yuen said, “been here 15, 16 years and a lot of accidents happen. No traffic light, nothing has been done in any way to prevent anything from happening to pedestrians. Last year, I think two pedestrians got hit.”

North School Street between Aupuni Street and Kokea Street was closed for several hours during a police investigation and was reopened at about 1 p.m.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were also factors in the crash.

This marks the 39th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 34 the same time last year.

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