Construction worker critically hurt after being hit by car on freeway off-ramp

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MOILIILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A construction worker was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition Monday, after a car plowed into him in Moiliili.

The crash happened on the H1 Freeway's King Street off-ramp, east-bound. Police say a 46-year-old man was placing construction warning signs on the off-ramp at about 8:20 AM, when a Toyota sedan exiting the freeway slammed into him.

"It's a little unclear. All we know is that the pedestrian was in the roadway at the time," Lt. Bobby Towne, Honolulu Police Department, said.

The state Department of Transportation says a contractor is working on sidewalk improvements in the South King Street-Waialae Avenue area to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The injured man was part of that crew.

"Generally, they should have some kind of procedures set up," Towne said. "So we'll look and see what kind of procedures they have in place, as far as placement of signs and reflective vests and cones and so forth."

The 23-year-old male driver and his female passenger were not hurt. The driver submitted to a blood draw, but investigators do not believe alcohol and drugs were factors.

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