The woman who was killed by a delivery truck early Saturday in the parking lot of Kapiolani Community College has been identified by her employer as Annie Runland. According to Honolulu Police, the incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. as vendors were setting up tents and booths for the popular weekly Farmer's Market, which was set to open an hour later.
The market was canceled. Instead of the booths and vendors, customers found yellow tape surrounding a delivery truck for Ma'o Organic Farms.
"The van launched off and took off into the area where the other vendors were, running over a female in her mid 20s," said Lt. Bobby Towne of HPD's Traffic Division.
Runland, 27, was the newest employee at Greens & Vines Raw Vegan Restaurant.
"I was holding Annie's hand, saying, "Come on Annie, come on Annie, you can come out of this," said Sylvia Thompson, owner of Greens & Vines. "She was so beautiful and so happy and so full of life."
The Washington state native was going to graduate from the University of Hawaii in May.
According to police, the truck was driven by a female Ma'o Farms employee in her early 20s.
"When she realized she was pinned under, she reversed and hit her again," said Alex Le of the restaurant The Pig and the Lady, which has a nearby booth at the market.
Investigators said the truck hit two other people. One of them, a 64-year-old man, was taken to the hospital on serious condition. A third person refused treatment.
The driver of the truck was unhurt.
Ma'o Organic Farms issued a statement, saying, "The Ma'o 'ohana sends its condolences and sympathy to those involved in today's tragic event. The KCC Farmer's Market staff, vendors and customers are part of our farming family."
The statement continued, "We send our deepest aloha and prayers in this difficult time. We are working in full cooperation with the Police Department's ongoing investigation."
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident at this morning's weekly Farmers' Market. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved, their families and loved ones," said Leon Richards, Kapiolani Community College chancellor.
"At this point we're not looking at speed or alcohol, but either driver or mechanical error on the part of the vehicle," said Towne.
Honolulu Police took the truck into custody to examine it for possible mechanical failure.
Vendors remain shaken.
"I'm in shock," said Le. "We're all pretty close at the market, so we knew it was just a freak accident."