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Tribute honors woman killed at KCC Farmers' Market

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Loved ones remembered a woman who died in an accident at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers' Market on Saturday. They gathered for a blessing on Monday at Greens & Vines, the vegan restaurant where Annie Runland, 27, had worked for the last couple of months.

"She had kidney cancer when she was 18. She was a fighter. She was a bright spirit in everybody's life. I saw a rainbow this morning, the most beautiful rainbow, and I know that was Annie," said Sarah Van Vegten, Annie's mother. "She's my soul. She's my child. She's my everything."

Runland was helping to set up a booth at the KCC Farmers' Market. A woman driving a Mao Organic Farms delivery truck ran over Runland. Pete Thompson was standing just a few feet away from her.

"I head a noise. I looked up and the truck was rolling straight through our tent. I didn't even have time to put up my hands or anything. I got hit, fell on the ground," said Thompson.

Traffic investigators are looking into the possibility of a mechanical problem or driver error.

"I can't think bad things of her. I don't know, she must have panicked. She is going to live with this all her life and she didn't want it to happen," said Van Vegten.

Tuesday night's KCC Farmers' Market has been canceled, according to the Hawaii Farm Bureau. It's unclear whether the booths will be back on Saturday. Some vendors believe that organizers will consider new safety rules.

"Taking a look at maybe placement of the trucks. In this case, there was a truck that had been parked right in front of where Mao was, and if they hadn't had that there then they could have just parked straight in front like they normally do," said Sylvia Thompson, owner of Greens & Vines.

A viewing will be held at on March 20 at 2 p.m. at Borthwick Mortuary.

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