Elderly man killed in Liliha pedestrian accident identified

The crash happened just before 8 a.m. Sunday in the Liliha area.

Elderly man killed in Liliha pedestrian accident identified

LILIHA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The elderly man killed in Oahu’s 26th pedestrian fatality of the year has been identified.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner identified the 73-year-old man as Robert Yoshimoto of Honolulu.

Yoshimoto was crossing Liliha Street near N. Kuakini around 8 a.m. Sunday when he was hit by a full-sized pickup truck, according to police. He was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident.

Yoshimoto was taken to a hospital in ‘extremely critical’ condition where he later died, officials said.

Police do not believe speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

This is the 26th pedestrian death on Oahu this year and 56th traffic-related death on the island so far.

Statewide, the numbers are staggering.

Since January, more than 95 people have died on Hawaii roads in what’s been an extremely deadly year. Lawmakers and police are highly concerned, thinking of ways to stop the deaths on the roadways.

One lawmaker proposed Honolulu should take on an initiative called ‘Vision Zero,’ which would redesign streets and lower speed limits in hopes of lowering fatalities.

Police have also ramped up enforcement in hopes of encouraging drivers to slow down and pay attention.

Police were on scene Sunday to conduct the investigation.
Police were on scene Sunday to conduct the investigation. (Hawaii News Now)

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