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Woman struck and killed by school bus

Lt. David Nilsen Lt. David Nilsen
Ken Amaral Ken Amaral

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a shocking ride to school for dozens of Oahu students Friday morning. The school bus they were riding on struck and killed a pedestrian. Police have tentatively identified the woman, and are now waiting for the final word from the Medical Examiner's office.

The collision happened just after 6:30 AM near the busy intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and University Avenue.

"A Roberts Hawaii school bus was traveling makai bound on University Avenue crossing Kapiolani when it struck a pedestrian" said Lt. David Nilsen of HPD.

Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. It's unclear whether she was in a marked crosswalk. Police have tentatively identified her as a 65-year-old Honolulu woman.

"Evidently, she had no ID. She did have a set of keys though. It appeared that she was going out on a walk" said Ken Amaral.

"We have a couple of security cameras on site and the police is trying to figure out exactly what happened by that."

The woman may have lived at the nearby at Ala Wai Plaza Skyrise.

"It's tragic. Even for everyone in the building, knowing that it was somebody in here. It could have been a friend of theirs in here."

A 67-year-old woman was driving the school bus, according to police. Roberts Hawaii says she has been an employee for 17 years.

The company says after the crash she was tested for drugs, which is standard policy. Police say excessive speed, drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors.

Fire crews helped lift up the bus, since the body was pinned under a rear wheel.

"It's just complex. It's not unusual when you have a large vehicle with a condition like this that you have to be careful and deliberate" said Capt. Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department.

As for the students, another Roberts Hawaii bus came and took them to Iolani ... Saint Louis and Sacred Hearts.

"The passengers were 42 school children from various private schools. There were no injuries on the bus. Of course the children were distressed over the incident" said Nilsen.

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