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Medical Examiner ID's pedestrian killed in accident

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police closed Kuakini Street near Bachelot Street to examine the accident scene and the blue Honda Civic that ran into 88-year-old Martha K. Miura of Honolulu.

Pat Roberts heard screeching tires and a thump.

"Just that thump and that was it. When I looked out the window, I saw the lady next to the car by the driver's side," she said.

The accident happened just before 6 a.m. Police said Miura wasn't in a crosswalk. Resident Eddie Isobe said senior citizens often jaywalk across Kuakini to get to the Kuakini Medical Center or to just cross the street. The nearest crosswalk is far away.

Isobe wants "a traffic light and a big crosswalk with a flashing light so they won't speed."

Police said excessive speed wasn't involved. An orange circle was painted on the black top to show where Miura's body lay when officers arrived, halfway from sidewalk to sidewalk.

"It's unfortunate that they think they can get across the road fast enough," Roberts said. "I have family members who are elderly so I know how it is."

August is Pedestrian Safety Month. Walk Wise Hawaii's Lance Rae said pedestrian behavior needs to change.

"We need to get pedestrians to use crosswalks when they're walking," he said. "If there isn't a crosswalk, go to a road where there's an intersection so you can cross, not in the middle of the street."

Police said the driver who ran into Miura is a 63-year-old woman. Sources said she was going to work.

"She looked very distressed. You could tell she was crying because she was wiping her eyes," Sandy Soares said.

Miura's brother said his sister was out for her regular morning walk. She is the fourteenth pedestrian killed on Oahu's streets and highways this year compared to nine for the same time last year.

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