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55-year-old pedestrian dies after being struck by city bus in Kalihi

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

55 year old Dominador Aguilar Jr. was crossing King street in a marked crosswalk at 4:35 in the morning when a City bus hit and killed him.

It was just blocks away from his apartment on Richard Lane.

Neighbors there were shaken. "Just knowing it was my neighbor and it's fatal" said Catherine Pascua in disbelief. She lives a few apartments away from Aguilar and told us, "He's very hard working, works early in the morning."

Pascua said, "I was actually shocked when I heard. Boyfriend called to make sure it wasn't me again."

Two years ago, Pascua was a victim of hit in run in the same crosswalk. "It doesn't surprise me" said the Kalihi mom. "A lot have been hit there. I know of, including me, at least 4."

Police shut down King street for 3 hours to investigate. HPD Lieutenant Robert Towne said, "The bus driver probably didn't see him until it was too late."

People who live and work near the scene blame the dangerous mid-block crosswalk, not the dark.

Pascua added, "I think they need to eliminate that crosswalk."

She says drivers speed off the freeway-- and don't slow down for pedestrians.

Pascua says garbage truck and bus drivers are frequent offenders.

The bus driver involved this morning had 7 years experience.

Oahu Transit Services released this statement:

"We are deeply saddened by this accident. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends. We are fully cooperating with HPD in their investigation and have also started our own internal investigation."

Aguilar leaves behind a wife and son.

 

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