Moiliili residents say crosswalk where woman died is too dangerous

Moiliili residents say crosswalk where woman died is too dangerous
Leilani Jose
Leilani Jose
Ron Lockwood
Ron Lockwood

By Minna Sugimoto

MOILIILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The death of an elderly pedestrian in Moiliili Tuesday is sparking action by members of that community. They say the crosswalk, where a car slammed into the victim, is too dangerous and unnecessary.

Some people who live and work in Moiliili are calling for the elimination of that crosswalk. But for now, they're hoping to increase safety by getting drivers and pedestrians to be more aware of each other.

It's been five days and Leilani Jose still can't get the image of an elderly pedestrian lying injured in the middle of South King Street in Moiliili out of her mind.

"She wasn't moving or anything and a lot of blood was coming out and I was like oh my gosh," Jose said. "It stays in your mind all day and all night and you think about it."

Mal Sun Chun, 79, was heading to lunch with members of her church, and had walked more than halfway across the six-lane roadway using a marked crosswalk, when a car plowed into her. She later died.

Jose works at HK's Restaurant right next to the scene and says she gets worried each time she sees a pedestrian in that crosswalk, which is not supported by a traffic signal.

"We have a stop light there by Star Market and we also have one by the park," she said. "There's no need for this crosswalk."

McCully-Moiliili Neighborhood Board chair Ron Lockwood, who's lived in Moiliili for more than 30 years, agrees the crosswalk should be eliminated.

"Yeah, this one is one we want to get rid of," he said. "There's a fence across the way. The businesses say it's dangerous."

But first, community members will gather at the site with signs Monday, urging drivers and pedestrians to watch out for each other.

"Just because we're in the crosswalk, it doesn't mean, as big as I am, I can take on a 3,000-pound car and win, okay," Lockwood said. "I lose every time."

Of the nine pedestrians killed on Oahu's roads this year, six were in a marked crosswalk.

Monday's sign-waving event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:00 AM.