Elderly woman dead, boy injured in separate hit & run crashes

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

EWA BEACH and MILILANI (KHNL) - An elderly woman is dead and a young boy is injured after separate hit-and-run crashes on Oahu Friday morning.

Investigators say they're looking for a light-colored, older-model van, a blue pickup truck, and the two drivers who failed to render aid.

Traffic investigators gather information on Fort Weaver Road near Ilima Intermediate, after an early-morning walk ends tragically for a 68-year-old woman.

"I felt terrible about that, especially, it doesn't surprise me at all," David Syfert, Ewa Beach resident, said.

Syfert has multiple sclerosis and gets around in a wheelchair. He says he takes great care when crossing Fort Weaver Road.

"Just because traffic is coming at them, it doesn't mean they're gonna slow down and stop," he said. "So they have to make sure to look both ways and believe that any car that's coming, they need to believe that car is gonna try and hit them."

Police say the woman was walking in a crosswalk when a light-colored, older-model van -- possibly a white Dodge Caravan -- plowed into her. The van left the scene. The victim died at the Queen's Medical Center.

"The white line here is not an impediment to anyone running them over," Syfert said about crosswalks.

About six hours later, officers respond to another hit-and-run.

Police say a 12-year-old boy was riding his bicycle on Lanikuhana Avenue, saw a blue truck coming out of Kaekae Street, hit his brakes, and flipped over his handle bars onto the roadway. They say the pickup ran over him and then kept going. The boy went to the hospital in stable condition.

"It makes me feel bad," Syfert said. "My first reaction would be they didn't know they hit someone. If they did, if they did, we'll find them."

Thirty-eight people have died on Oahu's roadways this year, compared to 31 at this time last year.

If you have any information about either of these cases, call police.