Woman dies after struck by garbage truck in Aiea

AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An elderly woman has died after being struck by a garbage truck in Aiea Friday morning.

The incident happened around 8:50 a.m. on Kupuwao Place in Newtown Estates. The driver of the City and County truck reversed into the woman who was standing near the corner of Kupuwao Place and Kupukupu Street, according to first responders. Neighbors said the area is common for senior citizens to take their daily morning walks.

An ambulance rushed 83-year-old Pauline Ando to The Queens Medical Center in extremely critical condition where she later died, EMS officials said.

The driver of the truck, who has worked for the City for 22 years, was unharmed.  He will receive help from an employee assistance program should he need counseling.

The driver will also be put on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Markus Owens, public information officer for the Department of Environmental Services, said a check of the truck showed it operating normally, but it is not known if the truck made its standard beeping sound when backing up during the incident.
"He has equipment on there: Mirrors, cameras, everything," Owens said. "There are procedures in there to make it a safe vehicle."

A negligent homicide investigation has been opened.

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