Man killed on H-1 Freeway, hit by police officer after darting into traffic

The Honolulu Police Department is asking the public for information following a fatal pedestrian crash Saturday evening.

A man in his 50s was killed and HPD says a long-time officer was behind the wheel.

That officer has been placed on paid leave, which is standard protocol for something like this.

Meanwhile, HPD says it doesn’t have any witnesses and is asking people who may have seen the collision to come forward.

The pedestrian was hit around 6 p.m. Saturday near the H-1 and H-2 freeway cutoff.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says the HPD officer was on-duty at the time.

“The pedestrian ran into the freeway and he just really didn’t have a chance to react, it was so quick,” Ballard said. “It’s a very traumatic experience for anybody including the officer so we’ve been checking on him and he seems to be doing fine for now, but obviously he is quite concerned.”

Traffic was backed up for about three hours on the freeway while police investigated. Lanes were reopened around 9:30 p.m.

The officer wasn’t injured.

We’re told he’s a 46-year-old sergeant who’s been with the department for 23 years and is assigned to the Pearl City station.

The officer was driving a subsidized Toyota 4Runner and was patrolling at the time.

The posted speed limit for that area is 55 mph.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors, but Ballard says this case is being handled the same as any other investigation.

“There is no difference as far as the investigation is concerned, so that’s why the car was taken. We’ll review the black box (and) do a complete investigation as we would with anyone else in the public,” Ballard explained.

Police say the victim may have been impaired by drugs.

HPD says the man had documents on him, but they haven’t been able to positively identify the body.

“All the local checks that we made have no local address, so if anybody is aware of anyone who’s in that area (please come forward),” Ballard said.

HPD says its Internal Affairs office is also investigating the crash.

If you witnessed this accident or have information that can help police identify the victim, call the HPD traffic division at 808-723-3413.

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