Tour bus strikes and kills college student

Wally Parcels
Wally Parcels
Jayne Kim
Jayne Kim

By Oscar Valenzuela - bio | email

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Taryn Wright's roommates describe her as the sweetest person one could ever meet. Taryn was a student at the University of Hawaii, her major was graphic arts design.

While riding her bicycle in the intersection of Dillingham and Waiakamilo road, Taryn, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was struck and killed by a Roberts Hawaii tour bus.

Wally Parcels who owns The Bike Factory was saddened to hear the news of yet another bicyclist being hit on the roads.

"It happens too frequently, it isn't the bicycle, it's the bus, the taxi, in an intersection that can be a real problem where they can't always see the bicycles," he told us.

Riding onto campus grounds Aya Deleon, a law student at the University of Hawaii just bought her bicycle yesterday, she said the ride home was frightening.

"It's definitely a bit scarier outside campus because not all the roads have designated bike lanes," she said.

Bike shop owners agree, roads can be unfriendly for bicyclists but explained it's more than just safer roads.

"We don't have the proper bicycle lanes and even if we did, we still need the proper education process between the driver and the buses and the cyclists." Wally continued.

Jayne Kim works at Eki cyclery, just two blocks from where the fatal bike accident happened. "It just hits home for us and it's just unfortunate." she said.

Both store owners say they do take it upon themselves to educate riders. Jayne showed us the safety pamphlets she hands out. "People that are beginners would get a bike map and also the city and county rules and regulations."

Ultimately they say, "You want to ride defensively, that you're visible and that the drivers see you, especially when you're crossing any driveway or crossing the street."

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