HPD officer involved in critical pedestrian crash

North School Street shuts down following pedestrian accident.
North School Street shuts down following pedestrian accident.
Honolulu police on the scene.
Honolulu police on the scene.

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The belongings of the 49 year-old woman lay scattered under and near the car that hit her around 5:30 this morning. Sources tell Hawaii News Now the victim is Qing Chen of Honolulu.

HPD Traffic Division investigators say the driver was a fellow officer, identfied as 21 year veteran Sgt. James Wade.

"The officer was on his way to work, when he struck an adult female crossing in a marked crosswalk," said Lt. Robert Towne.

Chen was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition but was later listed in critical condition according to Lt. Towne.

School street between Houghtailing and Pohaku Streets was shut down during the rush hour commute while police investigated. According to polcie, Chen was walking Makau to Makai in the crosswalk, and the officer hit her as he traveled East bound toward Koko Head around the center of the crosswalk.

Lt. Towne said that the officer involved did submit to a mandatory blood draw.

"At this point there is no indication of intoxication. We're not looking at speed at this point, more of a visibility issue right now. When we arrived here it was dark and the roads were very wet. We do have a street light out so we have to look at that and see if that interferred."

"I've seen a lot of cars locking up there brakes, people crossing the road," said nearby resident Roy Kainoa who laid flares on the roadway before police came.

"Just a bad sight this morning."

Officers with the internal affairs division known as the Professional Services Office were on scene to supervise the Traffic investigation, while a police union official was on site, as well as an HPD peer counselor who helps officers deal with trauma on the job.

To help reopen the road faster, HPD brought in a helicopter crew that helped them map out the scene from above.

"What we can do is shoot an aerial photograph. We can overlay it on our diagram and that should help us shave off about an hour on our road closure," said Towne.

Kainoa said it doesn't look good that an officer's involved, but if it can happen to a cop, then it can happen to anyone.

"That was really shocking a police officer, but I know its not his fault. It could be the lights. It could be anything," said Kainoa. "But you know accidents does happen."

And as more people hit the roadways this holiday season, Honolulu police say all drivers and pedestrians should watch out for each other.

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